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THE WORLD 
AND THOMAS KELLY 



OTHER BOOKS BY ARTHUR TRAIN 

THE GOLDFISH 

THE PRISONER AT THE BAR 

COURTS, CRIMINALS AND THE CAMORRA 

TRUE STORIES OF CRIME 
MCALLISTER AND HIS DOUBLE 

THE CONFESSIONS OF ARTEMAS QUIBBLE 

C. Q., OR IN THE WIRELESS HOUSE 

THE BUTLER S STORY 
THE MAN WHO ROCKED THE EARTH 

MORTMAIN 



THE WORLD 
AND THOMAS KELLY 



BY 

ARTHUR TRAIN 

Author of "The Goldfish," etc. 



NEW YORK 

CHARLES SCRIBNER S SONS 
1917 







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COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY 
CHARLES SCRIBNER S SONS 

Published October, 1917 



COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY CURTIS PUBLISHING CO. 




FREDERICA PULITZER 



THE 
WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 



THE day Tom Kelly was born the "Old Elm" on 
Boston Common was struck by lightning. This be 
ing one of those phenomena of nature denominated 
"acts of God" by the insurance companies, the cor 
rect inhabitants of the ancient New England capital 
were somewhat in doubt as to whether to consider 
the occurrence a "deliberately unfriendly act" on 
the part of the Deity, or to regard it merely as 
an uncalled-for and rather ill-advised eccentricity. 
However, by this fact the well-informed reader can 
fix with accuracy the date upon which this story 
opens. 

There was doubtless no significance in the coinci 
dence of the accident to the historic Tree with that 
other quite common and natural event, which had 
taken place earlier in the day in one of the upper 
chambers of a seventeen-foot brick house on New- 
bury Street, in the district of "made" land known 
as the "Back Bay." So far as Boston was con 
cerned, the advent of the infant Tom attracted no 
more attention than did the exit of Dr. Tucker 



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from the Kelly domicile. Frankly, it created none 
at all. Dr. Tucker was as much of an institution 
in Boston as the "Old Elm," and not to have been 
guided into the world by his skilled, though some 
what effeminate hand, would have been, indeed, 
to argue oneself unborn. But this fate, at any 
rate, Tom escaped, and his arrival was in every 
respect as punctilious as the local requirements 
demanded. 

As Dr. Tucker came neatly down the small wind 
ing stairs he was waylaid in the tiny hall by the 
elder Kelly, a short, red-headed, aggressive-looking 
person, who had been impatiently biting his mus 
tache for upward of an hour in the adjacent dining- 
room. 

"A beautiful little boy!" smiled Dr. Tucker 
brightly. "And mother is doing nicely !" 

The red-headed man mumbled something that 
might have been taken either as an imprecation or 
a rendition of thanks. As a matter of fact, he felt 
abashed that a man of Dr. Tucker s well-known 
social position should see him and his in their 
nakedness. For Mrs. Dr. Tucker had been a Rob- 
bins! Had Dr. Tucker been called Dr. Jones or 
Dr. Watts he, Kelly, would have slapped him upon 
the nearest adjacent part of his anatomy, and of 
fered him a slug of whiskey. But in the face of the 
husband of a Robbins he was dumb. There was a 
disgusting atmosphere of benignity about this re 
fined gentleman who condescended so efficiently to 
the domestic exigencies of the Kellys, and deigned 



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to send them a substantial bill afterward for his 
services. 

Dr. Tucker did not shake hands with Mr. Kelly, 
for he did not care to cultivate the merely social 
side of his profession. So he nodded patronizingly 
to him, lifted his tall silk hat lightly from the black 
walnut horror that filled one entire side of the front 
hall of the house, reluctantly grasped his small 
black bag, and tripped down the four front stone 
steps to the brick sidewalk. At the bottom he 
stopped. 

"I will return this afternoon/ he remarked 
crisply to Kelly, who had followed him out and was 
standing in the sunshine on the top of the steps. 
Kelly nodded. 

"All right/ 5 he answered in a slightly hostile tone. 
For some unaccountable reason he would have liked 
to accelerate the doctor s progress with a kick. 

Dr. Tucker, in that rarefied aura always surround 
ing the successful men of New England, continued 
on his way down the street, totally unconscious of 
the feelings which he had so innocently stimulated 
in the heart of the man who would later send him 
a check. He had a case coming on down nearer 
the Public Garden, and a couple of calls to make on 
the way up on ladies who were doing as well as 
could be expected. 

Kelly turned slowly indoors, observing with rage 
the blue iridescence of the silver-plated, but neg 
lected, bell-knob which defiantly told all the world 
that at "23" dwelt "Kelly." He had hesitated a 



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long time before making up his mind whether or 
not to put his name on that bell. It was bad enough 
to be named Kelly in Boston without flaunting it 
in the faces of the dapper gentlemen and correctly 
sedate females who hastened so assiduously by, as 
if deeming it quite improper to "go down- town" 
merely for the pleasure of it. Then the faint, di 
luted traces of Irish in his blood had cried out (the 
Kellys had come over in 1635), and he had told 
Mr. Putnam, the "Glazier and Hanger," to en 
grave the name in letters so big that neither King 
George nor anybody else would need spectacles to 
read it. For a while after that he had felt quite 
John Hancockian. 

Mr. Putnam in due course had engraved the said 
plate, and had duly affixed it to the stone jamb of 
the vestibule of the house, connecting the knob or 
"pull" with a copper wire exposed on the inside 
of the vestibule which ran through the interior 
complexities of the floors and walls of the dwelling 
until it reached the kitchen, where it joined itself to 
a dangling bell, one of a dozen dangling bells, on 
a strip of wood near the ceiling. When anybody 
jerked the knob on the outside of the house, the 
energy this generated was transferred along the wire 
to the bell in the kitchen so that it jangled loudly. 
Likewise, it must be confessed, did a few of the other 
bells but an intelligent cook quickly learned to dis 
criminate sympathetically among the parlor, dining- 
room, bedroom, and front door-bells. In reality only 
the front door-bell ever jangled, since the "second" 



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girl was always up-stairs, anyway, and you could not 
expect the cook, even if earning four dollars and a 
quarter a week, to come traipsing up three flights of 
stairs to see what was wanted. 

In Boston in the latter decades of the nineteenth 
century, the surname of every sober, decent man, 
provided he had reached the social status at which 
it was uttered at all and not merely ignored, was 
prefixed by a " mister." "Mister" that man was 
called Mister Tighe, Mister Higgins, Mister Doyle 
whether plumber, butcher, hack-driver, horse-car 
conductor, grocery-man, or remover of garbage. 
The Declaration of Independence, erroneously as 
sumed to have been composed by a Bostonian, or 
one at least connected by blood with Boston, had 
contained the sacrosanct assertion that all men had 
been created equal. However they might have been 
created, all Boston knew that they were equal no 
longer, but being entitled to "mister" at birth, the 
handle could not easily be separated thereafter from 
a vessel no matter how cracked or weak. More 
over, to speak of a policeman as Mister Grady, or 
to a postman as Mister O Toole, tended to keep him 
at a distance otherwise impossible, and as was proper. 
Imagine a Boston lady or gentleman in 1885 ad 
dressing a bluecoat as "Grady"! It would have 
instantly put him upon an impossibly familiar foot 
ing ! So all, without exception, when engaging one 
of those strange and dangerous artifices of man 
which even to-day stand at the corners of the Back 
Bay behind impossibly stiff and rheumatic cab- 



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horses, addressed the owner as Mr. Timmins or 
Mr. McCarthy. They may do so still. I fear 
not. 

Kelly, senior, entered the vestibule, mechanically 
wiping his feet on the threadbare cocoa-mat inside, 
and tried the inner door. The catch had snapped. 
In his annoyance at Dr. Tucker he had foolishly 
locked himself out. Thus he was compelled to re 
trace his steps and ring the door-bell, whose tin 
tinnabulations made themselves dimly heard through 
the laundry window, which opened into the " grass- 
plot " on the left of the steps. There was no grass 
in the plot. In default thereof it was adorned with 
several pieces of string, some bits of paper, two clay 
marbles, a scattering of incipient burdock-bushes, 
and a large hole where various wandering dogs had 
scratched a tribute to cleanliness. 

Kelly had yanked the knob viciously and the bell 
jangled a long, long time with unexpected penulti 
mate drops of sound. Meantime the eye of the 
master of the house savagely swept over the bare 
earth of his " front grass-plot." He was always in 
tending to have it fixed up by Mr. Calderone, the 
"Flower-Place" (hyphenated) man, over on Boylston 
Street. Everything in Boston in the eighties was 
capitalized and hyphenated, thus gaining a double 
dignity. He mentally picked up the string and the 
scraps of paper, filled the canine excavations, and 
then the master himself descended and picked up 
the two marbles. A reminiscent softening made it 
self apparent about his mouth and nose. He dusted 



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the marbles off on his trousers leg and placed them 
in his right-hand pocket. 

"They ll do for a starter!" he thought. Even 
then his vision flew to rocking-horses, tin soldiers, 
stamp-books, hoops, bicycles all the things that he 
had never had himself. With a changed expression he 
leaped up the four steps and stood excitedly waiting. 

A heavy pounding, like the tread of an ox or a 
small river-horse, was shortly audible. Then the 
door rattled and was pulled violently open from 
inside, and in the opening, in a militant attitude, 
appeared the stern presence of the Kelly cook. Her 
skirts were gathered up in some mysterious fashion, 
displaying the scallops around the tops of her worn 
kid shoes, and her sleeves were rolled back to the 
elbows. Her calico dress was open at the neck, 
which, gaunt as an eagle s, supported a strongly 
marked and finely featured face, where glowed 
dominant will, industry, and self-respect. Above 
the woman s deep gray eyes the thin gray hair was 
drawn straight back into a grotesque knob at the 
back of her head. She was a typical "Biddy," but 
the kind of "Biddy" that has been the mother of 
many a statesman. 

"Begorra !" she exclaimed, panting, " tis the mas- 
ther ! And me up to me elbows in the suds ! Where- 
ever have ye bin, wid a new little gintleman born 
this five minutes ago, as I heard meself from up 
stairs tru the spakin -tube? And the missus doin 
fine, and whatever do yez think, sor tis the weight 
of it I m tellin ye " 



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"Yes?" said Mr. Kelly inquiringly, as he pushed 
by her. "What was the weight, Bridget?" 

It was characteristic of Dr. Tucker to omit the 
mention of trifling details. 

"Lawd save us ! Twas eleven pound !" cried the 
cook, "and the missus no bigger than me little 
sister Annie!" 

"Eleven pounds!" gasped Mr. Kelly. "Eleven 
pounds !" And then for the first time he smiled. 

As the reader may perhaps have already divined, 
the Kelly s were of Boston, but not precisely in it. 
Brahmin social refinements and their reflexes, par 
ticularly those so intricate and complex as involve 
the "Back Bay" in their tangles of heredity and re 
lationship, are past unravelling. For Kelly the 
elder had been born on Mt. Vernon Street in a house 
occupied by Kellys for many generations, and num 
bered among his ancestors a couple of generals in 
the Continental and Colonial forces, a governor of 
the State, and a judge of the Supreme Court. 

Yet in spite of Mr. Kelly s unimpeachable family 
tree, and the genealogical peaches and plums it 
bore among its branches, he was no more to his 
fellow citizens of Boston than if he had been born 
in Roxbury, and the son of a Presbyterian. For 
the era of which we write was the era of the in 
vasion of Boston by the Irish, an invasion which, 
however much it did eventually for the country at 
large, vastly embarrassed the hidebound patricians 
of the Back Bay, and shook the temple of republican 
tradition to its very foundations. Aforetime it had 



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been enough for one or two of the old families to 
announce who should or should not be mayor, al 
derman, or senator, and the stately dignity of an 
untainted past was essential to one who would con 
descend to elevate public office. Only those could 
govern or represent their fellow citizens who had 
been baptized in the blood of the Pilgrim Fathers, 
or of the worthies of Salem. But the advent of the 
Irish was like a permanent invasion of the Goths, 
brutally sweeping before it every cherished habit 
and custom of the plebian mind which had rendered 
the social dictatorship of the old families so despotic. 
With shocking disregard of all finer feeling, and with 
impudent independence, these new citizens pro 
ceeded to choose their own leaders, erect their own 
cross-crowned churches and cathedrals, and elect as 
many as they could of the officers of the munici 
pality, until the old families drew their petticoats 
and other apparel about their thin legs, and with 
horror declared that the Irish horde, if unchecked, 
would become rulers of the country, and make it 
tributary to the Pope of Rome. 

Thus, merely to bear a Hibernian name, however 
distinguished, was just cause for the ignoring of its 
owner by the haughty and resentful patricians of 
Beacon Hill and the West End, who viewed him 
with suspicion, as possibly implicated in some 
deep-laid Fenian conspiracy for the subversion 
of the national government. To be Irish, even 
in the tenth degree, was sufficient reason for being 
socially damned in Boston in the seventies and 



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left shivering in the chilly atmosphere of the 
unrecognized. 

Moreover, it was distinctly bad form for one thus 
"born on the wrong side of the street" to call at 
tention to the circumstance in any way whatsoever. 
To do so was an infraction of the Christian duty, 
to exist uncomplainingly in that state of life into 
which it had pleased God to call him; and to ad 
mit frankly that one was an outcast and to defy 
the social edict by open indifference was an unpar 
donable offense to Boston s sense of decency. Now 
Kelly, senior, not only admitted that he had been 
"born on the wrong side of the street/ but he 
astonished and terrified his female relations, includ 
ing his wife, by announcing that he did not care. 
Not to care was felt in the Back Bay to be the 
supreme and final touch of vulgarity. Those who 
were not in the Blue Book endeavored to show their 
innate breeding and knowledge of the world by ad 
mitting the propriety of the social verdict against 
them. Had Kelly been a truly nice man he would 
have accepted gratefully such crumbs of recognition 
as fell from the social table. 

But Kelly had done more. He had, in flagrant 
violation of the eugenics of Boston, married a lady 
who had been born in Chelsea. This, so to speak, 
finished Kelly. He had been an ambitious young 
fellow, occupying a junior position in the office of 
a genteel old lawyer, who lived near the golden 
dome of the State House, in a red brick mansion 
with a cellar full of cobweb-covered bottles of 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY n 

antique Madeira and Medford rum. With the name 
of Kelly, even spelled with an extra "e," he could 
not aspire to a partnership, but he might in time 
have inherited the practice, had he not fallen in 
love with the daughter of a threadbare commission 
merchant, who resided in a socially unmapped wil 
derness, and thereby sealed the doom of his pro 
fessional career so far as old Squire Mason was 
concerned. 

"Dammit, sirs! It shows the fellow has no 
taste!" exploded the old autocrat over his dinner- 
table on learning the news; and from that moment 
Kelly s future became dim. Had he sought to in 
duce one of the cold virgins of the Back Bay to 
become Mrs. Kelly, he could not have been blamed, 
poor fellow but to marry some woman from Chel 
sea ! Or had he sought marital happiness in Jamaica 
Plain, Dorchester, or even South Boston, allowances 
might have been made for the vagaries of Eros 
but Chelsea! Moreover, he had red hair, which 
called attention to these things. 

So Kelly, in spite of his genuine blue blood, his 
excellent education at Harvard College, his eminent 
ability as a pleader and expounder of common law, 
was regarded by his fellows as more or less of a 
failure, or at least a person of no particular im 
portance one way or another, and having married 
the lady of his heart he hung out a shingle for him 
self and plodded along the legal path alone. As 
time went on, he attracted a few clients, also socially 
unknown, and gradually built up a practice which 



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enabled him to lease the brick house on Newbury 
Street, in which the momentous event heretofore 
recorded had just occurred. He was a man of 
common sense and saw clearly that he was the 
victim of a narrowness of social vision in others, but 
he loved his native city, and would have languished 
elsewhere. He was too proud to belong to any but 
the best clubs, and so belonged to none; and he 
nursed his grudge to this extent, that not being in 
vited to the best houses he did not care to go any 
where. It was hardly to be wondered at that he 
felt no enthusiasm about introducing another Kelly 
to the unreceptive society in which he lived. This 
explains his lack of exhilaration on receiving the 
doctor s announcement, and his first feeling of sub 
dued resentment toward that worthy man. Some 
times he would have liked to explode a bomb in the 
middle of the Boston Public Garden and rudely 
shock the smug self-satisfaction of his fellow citizens. 
Had he lived he might have done so. But he did 
not survive to make himself thus vulgarly conspicu 
ous. Two years after Tom s birth he caught a chill 
while walking home in the March rain across the 
"Common," and in less than a week expired of 
double pneumonia. A doctor of irreproachable so 
cial antecedents officiated at his last moments. 



II 

"IF he isn t better by five o clock I m going to 
send for Aunt Eliza," said his mother, laying Tom, 
aged three, back in his crib, where he continued to 
wriggle and squirm in defiance of all propriety. 

" That ll be good, mum," agreed Maggie, the 
nurse who had attended Tom since his birth and 
knew every symptom of infantile ailments. "She ll 
be after bringin some more seeds, I m thinkin ." 

The seeds referred to were pumpkin-seeds, an 
infallible remedy in Aunt Eliza s opinion for certain 
minor disorders, and were carefully preserved by 
her in a paper bag for her periodical visits. These 
and a liberal use of olive oil were all, his mother 
fondly believed, that preserved Tom from follow 
ing his father promptly into the next world. 

Aunt Eliza lived in South Boston a day s 
journey, as Tom later discovered, by transferring 
horse-cars and when she came over she usually 
spent the night. Being herself an Osgood, she had 
not regarded favorably her niece s alliance with a 
Kelly, but since the offender s death she had re 
sumed diplomatic relations. She was Tom s earli 
est and most vivid impression by no means a cheer 
ful one and for many years his ideas of womankind 
were tainted by the recollection of Aunt Eliza s 

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acrimonious visage in its ruffled cap, while, as a child, 
he assumed as a matter of course that the normal 
subjects of conversation between adult human 
beings were sickness, bereavement, and the proper 
conduct of funeral ceremonies. She was a vigorous, 
independent old party of seventy-six years, with a 
definiteness of opinion and a dominant character 
that at times entirely effaced her niece Mrs. Kelly, 
a weak, retiring lady who had never quite regained 
her self-possession after " marrying onto the Back 
Bay," and who, having no confidence in herself, 
leaned heavily on her strong-minded relative. 

"I think you can light the gas now, Maggie," 
said Mrs. Kelly. "How does he seem to you?" 

"Oh, sure, he s better. He ain t near so rest 
less," reassured Maggie, as she fumbled for a sul 
phur match in the china pig on the mantelpiece. 
The gas ignited with a pop, and the room, which 
had been filled with shadows, became dimly illu 
minated. 

It was the room in which Tom had been born, 
and everything in it gave evidence of the modest 
circumstances of his parents. The bed and bureau 
were of massive walnut a wedding present, but 
the cheap Brussels carpet was threadbare and the 
heavily framed pictures were lithographs of dying 
stags or of Biblical ladies going to the well or re 
turning from harvest. Christmas cards, cheap 
calendars, and "ornaments" worked in worsted 
adorned the tops of shelves, the mirrors, or dangled 
from the gas-jets. An illuminated worsted scroll 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 15 

invited the reader to "Look unto me and be ye 
saved." One door led to the narrow main hall 
way and another to a dark and stuffy "dressing- 
room," which in turn communicated with a dank 
bathroom boasting a tin tub and a "set bowl." 

Across the street could be seen a few palely 
glowing windows, and just then, a man with a 
brisk walk, and carrying a pole with a bulgy end, 
stopped at the lamp-post opposite, thrust the pole 
upward, fumbled with it mysteriously, and hast 
ened off again, leaving the lamp behind him lighted. 

"I ve always wondered how he does that!" 
sighed Mrs. Kelly, smoothing back her hair and 
tucking away the loose wisps in a manner somehow 
suggesting that as Providence had not seen fit to 
impart to her that priceless knowledge it was per 
haps a little wrong to speculate about the matter. 
Yet she had expressed exactly the same idea in just 
those words every night for the thirteen years of 
her married life while waiting for her husband to 
come home from the office. For she had been mar 
ried thirteen years before Tom had arrived. And 
now that her husband was dead and Tom was three 
years old, she still continued to wonder about the 
gas-man. 

"I wish I d sent for the doctor," she added anx 
iously, while she pulled down the window-curtains. 
As Maggie Me Gee knew that she didn t wish any 
thing of the sort, but that the remark was simply 
by way of making conversation, she did not vouch 
safe an answer. 



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Most of Mrs. Kelly s remarks were of the same 
general nature assertions of states of mind thrown 
out at random on the merest chance of entangling 
some sort of reply, a continual procession of mild 
remonstrances to the effect that whatever had been 
done should have been done differently, negative 
reflections upon the weather and the general self- 
conduct of nature. 

She was about to hazard the thought that it was 
long past time for the newspaper to come, when a 
faint jangle from the lower regions caused both 
women to start with surprise. 

"Well, I never! Who can that be!" exclaimed 
Mrs. Kelly. 

"Who d ever be comin this hour ! " echoed Maggie. 

The pounding of Bridget s feet upon the back 
stairs smothered the dying tinkles of the bell, the 
chain rattled on the front door, and a medley of 
cries and ejaculations arose from below. 

"I do believe it s Aunt Eliza!" gasped Mrs. 
Kelly. "She s come to spend the night! Run an 
see if the bed in the spare room is made up." 

Maggie hastily fled through the hall to the rear, 
while her mistress looked over the stairs. 

"What is it, Bridget?" she called, for although she 
knew perfectly well what it was, she desired to 
make social capital of her subsequent astonishment. 

"It s me, Caroline," came up from below in the 
raucous tones of Miss Osgood. "Such a time s I ve 
had!" 

"Gracious!" shouted Mrs. Kelly in accents of 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 17 

hysteria. "What an hour! I should have thought 
you would have started earlier." 

Miss Osgood paused breathless on the landing to 
allow the exchange of further amenities. 

"Look out for that pie-shaped stair," called down 
her niece anxiously. "You know Miss Trollop 
slipped on it and rolled all the way down and she 
three hundred pounds !" 

Mrs. Kelly ignored the fact that she had com 
municated this same warning to Aunt Eliza every 
time she had ascended that flight of stairs for the 
last sixteen years. 

Her aunt made no reply, and resumed her climb. 

"Here," added Mrs. Kelly. "Wait while I 
light the hall gas!" 

She rushed frantically back to the front room, 
secured a match and made a great display of try 
ing to light up. 

"Don t light it!" ordered Aunt Eliza. "We 
ain t goin to set in the hall, be we?" 

Mrs. Kelly with seeming regret blew out the match. 
She had had no real intention of lighting the hall 
gas. From motives of economy the halls were not 
lighted in the Kelly mansion and Aunt Eliza 
knew it. 

" WeU " she admitted, "I don t s pose we are" 

Then she embraced her aunt vigorously and gave 
her a loud smack on the left cheek. Miss Osgood 
emitted a kind of cluck and marched on toward the 
front room. 

"I should have thought you would have taken 



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cold being out so late," said Tom s mother, follow 
ing her. 

"Such a time s I had gettin here!" repeated 
Miss Osgood, with more than her usual importance. 
"I had to wait nearly forty minutes at the bridge !" 

"Dear me!" replied her niece. "Let me take 
your shawl ! I was just goin to send for you." 

Miss Osgood looked at her with feigned awe. 

"Do you know," she said in a whisper. "Some- 
thin told me ! I just knew it ! " 

She surrendered her shawl, disclosing a large, 
half-filled paper bag beneath. 

"What s that?" inquired Mrs. Kelly politely. 

"Punkin-seed," announced Aunt Eliza "for 
Tom!" 



Ill 



TOM S earliest recollections were of lying in his 
mother s arms and seeing the crescent moon across 
the housetops. But he did not remember his mother 
ever singing to him. Mrs. Kelly, poor lady, never 
sang anything except hymns in a thin quaver. 
She took life far too seriously for that. To her 
Tom was a responsibility that left no vitality for 
playfulness or even the purr of mere comfort. She 
had been thirty when she married, she was forty- 
three when Tom was born, and she was now nearly 
fifty. Her girlhood had been a drab affair of a 
shabby genteel sort from which active sports had 
been excluded as vulgar. Any natural mirth she 
might have had as a child had long since succumbed 
to the apprehensions of her New England con 
science. She did not really believe in a personal 
devil with a red tail, but she pretended to Tom that 
she did and felt herself in danger of hell fire be 
cause she did not. Dear, well-meaning lady ! And 
though she loved Tom with a passionate devotion 
was he not all she had on earth ? yet the restraint 
of her Puritan upbringing and the belief that life 
was so serious a matter deprived her of the ability 
to give any natural expression to her feelings and 
forced her to mask her real affection under a 
demeanor of self-conscious severity. 

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20 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

By day he lay in her lap in the same place, and 
instead of the moon, watched the little globules of 
light, reflected from the water standing on the tin 
roof of the bay window, dance on the ceiling. 
They danced and danced so jollily that he did not 
miss his mother s singing, and he would laugh with 
delight, and then his glance would stray to where a 
steel-engraved Madonna with great soulful eyes 
gazed down upon another baby, just like him, who 
lay in her arms and beyond to where the red 
worsted motto urged him to "Look unto me and 
be ye saved" from what? 

These and the smell of things being boiled in an 
alcohol-lamp were what he remembered most in 
after-years. Gradually, however, he took notice 
of others Aunt Eliza with her perennial bag of 
pumpkin-seeds, Fanny Trollop the dropsical lady 
who had made the pie-shaped stair famous by 
slipping on it, and Sarah the "second" girl. It 
never occurred to Tom in later years to wonder 
who the "first" girl was or whether there had ever 
been any. Certainly there had been none during 
his own brief existence. 

Besides Aunt Eliza there were other aunts and 
female cousins who lived vaguely somewhere in the 
suburbs and who "came in on the cars" to spend 
the day and assist in the upbringing of Tom, and 
there were also a few decrepit and nondescript un 
related spinsters who were always referred to as 
"Lizzie" this or "Flossie" that. Tom never knew 
who they were or where they came from. So far 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 21 

as he could ascertain there were no husbands per 
taining to any of the aunts and cousins. They were 
very much alike, all of them their aspect betray 
ing an underlying resentment against society at 
large and an aggressive distrust of man; and they 
seemed to hold Caroline, Tom s mother, in a sort of 
contemptuous awe. Likewise they were very curi 
ous about Tom, and took part assiduously and en 
thusiastically at his bath and various rehabilitations. 
In spite of the officious attentions of his mother s 
female relatives and her own well meaning, but 
highly unintelligent, efforts to safeguard him from 
the slightest exposure to the elements, Tom man 
aged not only to survive, but also in what seemed a 
surprisingly short time to perform the miracle of 
self-locomotion. He had been oiled, dosed, phys 
icked, bandaged, and bundled up at the slightest 
provocation, but, having inherited a robust con 
stitution from the Kelly side of the family, managed 
somehow to achieve boyhood none the worse for the 
zealous care bestowed upon him save for a slight 
oversensitiveness to drafts. Saturday nights he 
was boiled in the bathtub and huddled off to bed, 
and if he sneezed he was wrapped in a blanket and 
rocked in front of the " register," as the opening of 
the hot-air furnace in his mother s room was called. 
These "registers" were a mystery and an unending 
source of amusement to Tom, for you could halloo 
down through their tunnels to the nether regions, 
or innocently drop into them unconsidered and 
never-to-be-recovered trifles belonging to the fe- 



22 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

male wardrobe. When Eben, the negro choreman, 
had started a good fire the hot air would come out 
in a grand blast and you could hold up your hand 
kerchief and imagine you were a ship at sea under 
full sail. And down in the front hall, where the 
register was flush in the floor and not in the wall, 
you could lay your silk muffler on it carefully and 
away it would go toward the ceiling, carried up on 
the column of air until it slid off sideways and fell 
in a crinkled heap on the carpet. 

Every year, however, the placid routine of Tom s 
simple life was interrupted by the inevitable visit 
at the Newbury Street house of Uncle Ezra and Aunt 
Minerva Jenkins from Bridgeport, who came each 
spring, bringing a carpetbag worked in green worsted 
with a stag s head in yellow. Uncle Ezra was a 
very vivid memory indeed, for he had a face like a 
moose with a long thin nose overhanging his chin in 
extensions or eaves. Mrs. Kelly had the highest 
reverencQ for him, and also for his wife who was 
reputed to be the best housekeeper in Bridgeport, but 
Tom dreaded these visitations by reason of the ad 
ditional gloom that pervaded the house while the 
worthies were there. During these periods Tom s 
mother always wore her Sunday clothes, even at 
breakfast, and asked Uncle Ezra to say grace, and 
after the meal was over they would all adjourn to 
the library and have family prayers, with Sarah 
the second girl, and Bridget the cook, lurking in a 
religiously hostile yet malevolently respectful man 
ner outside in the hall. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 23 

These family prayers were unabridged and com 
plete in all respects, covering every department of 
human activity in this and foreign lands. "And 
we would especially ask thy attention, Oh Lord, 
to the benighted heathen of Tasmania and beseech 
thee to give them of thy grace!" and so on, or at 
least so it seemed to Tom, through Somaliland, 
Patagonia, and the whole geography. Uncle Ezra, 
who had a great reputation in Bridgeport as an 
exhorter, fascinated Tom to such an extent that he 
almost did not mind kneeling down so long on the 
hard floor, for he could see Uncle Ezra after he had 
exhausted the air in his lungs on the natives of South 
Australia, take a long, long breath, drawing in his 
flapper-like nostrils until he was quite distended, 
and begin again on the inhabitants of western 
Africa. He knew Uncle Ezra was a very holy man 
for he never smiled. 

Aunt Minerva was a pantomimic echo of her hus 
band, and both acted as if they thought Tom did 
very wrong to be alive, and as if they were sure God 
was very angry with him. During this annual 
affliction Tom s mother assumed a regretful, pained 
manner toward him, as if to say that he would know 
some day what a terribly sad business this being "a 
child of God" was and be sorry for not realizing it 
sooner. They all murdered the joy of life and 
seemed forever doomed to participate in its attendant 
obsequies. Tom was convinced somehow that he 
was a miserable sinner and was ready to do all that 
he could to rectify the matter, but the manner of 



24 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

his elders satisfied him that, do what he could, he 
would remain what he was a worm. 

It is impossible to gauge the far-reaching effect 
upon character of seemingly inconsequential in 
fluences. Tom s whole attitude toward religion 
in after-life was colored strongly by his recollections 
of Uncle Ezra and his wife, just as his attitude toward 
the world at large was quite naturally moulded by 
that of his mother. And one of his first reactions 
to this gloomy and depressing view of the disposition 
of Providence toward the inhabitants of the globe 
was to welcome eagerly the suggestion of a youthful 
agnostic that there was no reason to believe in any 
God at all or for attempting to carry out his mythical 
commandments. So successful were the Jenkinses 
in impressing Tom with his guilt of some unde 
fined offense against the Almighty that not before 
his freshman year in college did he cease to have an 
instinctive fear of an imminent retribution from on 
high. This was accentuated by the frequent repeti 
tion of such phrases as "born in sin" and "children 
of wrath." He was informed that the "Old Adam" 
was in him somewhere. This made him very uneasy 
and most uncomfortable. He expected Adam to 
come popping out of him at almost any minute, 
just as Jonah had emerged from the whale. It 
was an unpleasant anticipation. And the idea that 
he would not only be visited with swift vengeance for 
any transgressions of his own in the future, but also, 
for some unexplained reason, for those of others in 
the dim past for which he could not in any way con- 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 25 

ceive himself as responsible, made him secretly 
resentful. It was all most mysterious, but when he 
sought enlightenment from his mother and Aunt 
Eliza, the former only whispered, "Hush !" and held 
up a warning finger, while the latter remarked didac 
tically: "Just hear the child little boys mustn t 
ask about such things !" 

"But why have I got to be saved?" wailed 
Tom. "I d rather not be! Please don t let me 
be saved!" 

Horrified, his mother pushed him from the room 
with instructions to go and play in the back yard, 
only not under any circumstances to ask questions 
of Bridget, who in spite of being a good woman was 
a follower of the Pope of Rome. Even if Bridget 
herself felt kindly toward him, said his mother, she 
would be powerless to save him from the rage of 
the Roman Catholics if once they were aroused 
against him. They were always "massacring" 
people. There was the "Massacre of St. Bartho 
lomew" for example! No, Tom must never in the 
remotest way touch upon religion in talking with 
Bridget ! 

About Jews his mother seemed, curiously enough, 
to feel differently. In fact her attitude was almost 
friendly. Their crucifixion of the Saviour she 
apparently regarded as an error of judgment, to be 
overlooked under all the circumstances. The Bible 
was full of Jews nothing but Jews in fact. Ap 
parently you could not hate Jews without in a mea 
sure reflecting on the upper stratum of Scriptural 



28 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

ancient edifice, and the more fashionable congre 
gations had in consequence moved on to less crowded 
sections of the Back Bay. It was partly for this 
reason that Mrs. Kelly continued to go there. At 
St. Agnes s she had the feeling that she was really as 
good as anybody. 

The rector, an austere and unapproachable per 
son, who had once declined the office of bishop 
coadjutor in a Western State, was considered by the 
faithful of his congregation to be a man of remarkable 
qualities, spiritual and intellectual. He was uni 
formly spoken of as having made "great sacri 
fices" to stay at St. Agnes s, and he himself was 
guilty of no oversight in doing what he could to 
strengthen that impression. Everything about St. 
Agnes s was in keeping with the rector. It was, if 
threadbare, eminently respectable, with a flavor of 
ecclesiastical aristocracy and a perceptible odor 
of sanctity. This odor, as Tom discovered early, 
emanated from the decaying cloth of the footstools 
and cushions of the pews, which in some places had 
been entirely worn away, exposing the aged stuffing 
beneath. Its quality was heightened to a slight 
but noticeable degree by a suggestion of ancient 
prayer and hymn books, the covers of which were 
going through a natural process of disintegration. A 
damp umbrella placed in juxtaposition with a 
crumbling piece of antique leather was bound to have 
its effect. The first thing a visitor to St. Agnes s 
noticed was a sort of faint acrid green smell, and 
Tom never heard the word "church" without 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 29 

coincidently recalling this mysterious and charac 
teristic odor. A "church" was to him a place 
that "smelled like St. Agnes s." 

The Kelly pew was in the rear, at the very be 
ginning of the main aisle, and in consequence, its 
sides and back were higher than the others. The 
elder Kelly had chosen it because of its low rent, and 
his widow had retained it. It was her only ex 
travagance, for while it could hold six persons there 
were only two left to sit in it, and it gave her an in 
nocent satisfaction, and filled her with a sense of 
modest proprietorship, to be able to beckon to the 
usher and hold up four ringers, indicating thereby 
that she could, if necessary, accommodate four 
strangers within her gates. The sides of the pew, 
being fully two feet higher than Tom s head, it was 
quite impossible for him either to see or hear any 
thing unless he was allowed to stand upright upon 
the seat, but Mrs. Kelly did not regard it as proper 
for him to do this except during the hymns, and in 
consequence he was obliged to occupy himself as 
best he could during the anthem and sermon, when 
he usually crawled under the seat or drew pictures 
inside the covers of the older books. 

Obviously some other small boy had once found 
the worship of the Almighty equally tedious, for 
there was an English hymnal, lying around, bear 
ing date 1849, with the name "Warren Brad- 
shaw" scrawled across the fly-leaf accompanied 
by what Tom considered a masterpiece of drawing, 
consisting of the profile of a man in whiskers and a 



26 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Society. This may have had something to do with 
Tom s preference for not being saved. Of course 
the Jews wouldn t be saved, but the Jews neverthe 
less were evidently rather superior. Whereas Uncle 
Ezra and Aunt Minerva he couldn t imagine en 
joying eternity in their companionship, even if they 
were equipped with golden harps and clad in shining 
raiment ! 

Tom, duly warned, discussed with Bridget, there 
fore, only "fay-ries" and the value of old clothes 
and bottles. Yet Bridget did not suffer Tom to fall 
under the false lure of gold. Rather, whenever he 
came into the kitchen she would impress upon him 
the value of wisdom. 

"Sure, tis better to be a great scholar like Father 
Leary than a millyunaire," she would say, standing 
arms akimbo on her broad, powerful hips. " Many s 
the time I wisht I d had an eddication. Learn 
your books, Tom ! Take an old woman s word for 
it. Yer father knew his books, even if I can t say 
as much for yer mither. And crumbs make ye 
wise !" 

Forthwith she would cross to the wall under the 
clock and remove from its nail a blue tin match-box, 
in which she preserved all the crumbs which were 
the by-products of her daily tasks. They were dry, 
crunchy, and delicious white, graham, and brown; 
and Tom would dump them all out in a big pile on 
the pastry-board and lap them up like a dog, while 
Bridget would stand by admiringly. Tom some 
times wondered afterward if Bridget really thought 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 27 

the bread crumbs thus devoured would increase his 
mental capacities. She was indeed a wise old 
woman, albeit a superstitious one, yet it is highly 
probable that she did vaguely believe in some occult 
power in the crumbs which she so zealously treasured 
to make Tom wise. Do not many of us accept the 
well-known thesis that fish is good for the brain? 
And, if so, why not crumbs ? However that may be, 
Tom never forgot her admonition, and when he 
ceased to rely upon the efficacy of bread crumbs 
per se as an intellectual stimulus, he realized the 
true significance of Bridget s doctrine and profited 
by it. Thus the old cook played her part, just as 
did Uncle Ezra and Aunt Minerva, in shaping 
Tom s ultimate character. 

But Tom s religious experiences were not limited 
to Uncle Ezra s visits. Ever since the Kellys had, 
in the early years of their married life, moved to 
Newbury Street, they had rented a pew in the old 
stone church on Tremont Street, a few minutes 
walk away, just across the Public Garden and the 
Common. On Sunday mornings in early spring, 
and even on clear days in winter after a light fall 
of snow, these walks were very pleasant and left 
one with a sense of muscular relaxation when com 
fortably settled among the red cushions of the 
high-backed, mahogany-trimmed pews. 

The church was a hundred years old, dark and 
dank in bad weather, and the regular attendants 
few and shifting, owing to the fact that stores and 
office-buildings had completely enveloped the low, 



30 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

tall hat. Sunday after Sunday he sat and mar 
velled at Warren Bradshaw s artistic ability, wonder 
ing if he should ever be able to draw a human be 
ing with such a hat and whiskers. During hymns 
Tom stood on the seat and watched the heads of 
the congregation; the rest of the time he lay on 
his back or sat gazing up at the comparatively lim 
ited section of water-stained ceiling exposed to his 
view. 

During a particularly long prayer on a certain Sun 
day in his seventh year Tom s small forehead slipped 
from the hymn-book upon which it was reposing and 
his front teeth came suddenly into conflict with the 
rack below, with the result that a considerable 
amount of ancient varnish forced its way into his 
mouth. He found somewhat to his astonishment 
that the antique glue and pulverized wood had a 
by no means unpleasant taste. In the joy of this 
discovery he straightway began gnawing around 
the pew in divers places like a small and vigorous 
rodent. 

Unfortunately this was possible only during the 
prayers when he had an excuse for lowering his 
head, until, looking for other worlds to gnaw, his 
eyes fixed themselves upon the mahogany rail run 
ning around the top of the pew. At that moment 
his mother happened to be absorbed in a particularly 
eloquent passage which the rector was reading from 
St. Chrysostom, so that Tom was enabled, without 
attracting her attention, to crawl into the farther 
corner of the pew, draw himself up to his full height, 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 31 

and affix his teeth unnoticed in the rail. It tasted 
even better than the rack below. Soon he had 
quietly gnawed two small grooves. Oh rapture! 
Stealthily he placed his hands above his head and 
lifted himself up until he could drive the two small 
dog s teeth in his upper jaw into the soft wood. 
He could feel them sink deeply in, almost as if it 
were a cheese ! Delighted, he let go with his hands 
and hung swinging there in ecstasy, unsupported 
save by his teeth. 

Meantime the rector continued to read from St. 
Chrysostom, while Tom surveyed the world beneath 
him much as an Alpine climber clinging to a jutting 
rock gazes into the valleys below. Suddenly he 
became conscious of a small brown face within an 
inch or two of his own a girl s ! She, too, had ap 
parently discovered the art of hanging by one s 
teeth. The two children stared at each other sol 
emnly. 

" So you goth pew teeth too ! " mumbled, 
or rather sputtered, Tom. 

"Yeth pew teeth!" mouthed his new friend. 

He felt a dawning respect for this equally adven 
turous spirit. Using his hands again, he lifted his 
chin entirely over the top of the rail, thus enabling 
his eyes to see into the pew from which she had 
thus mysteriously emerged. 

At the other end sat a tall, loose-jointed man in a 
black frock coat. His face was narrow, with pro 
truding chin and a long nose, not unlike an elongated 
Dante, but albeit the lips were thin, the large mouth 



32 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

was shrewd and kindly, and the eyes were puckered 
in friendly wrinkles. To Tom s great comfort he 
saw that the man was smiling at him. 

" Good morning ! " remarked this new acquaintance 
in a confidential whisper. "How do you do?" 

At that moment Tom s chin was loosened by a 
tug on his coat and he was dragged suddenly down 
from behind, striking his nose violently against the 
rail. The little girl simultaneously disappeared. 

"I should think you d be ashamed to climb 
around like that!" gasped Mrs. Kelly in horror, a 
note of harshness manifesting itself in her habitually 
subdued voice. "S pose Mrs. Petersilea had seen 
you? It s wicked to act like that in church, with 
God looking right at you ! I ve a good mind to 
tell the rector " 

Just then a bright red drop suddenly descended 
from the end of Tom s nose upon the open prayer- 
book in his mother s hand. 

"Dear me!" she cried in sudden terror, "I hope 
you haven t gone and killed yourself !" 

At the conclusion of the service upon the stone 
steps of the church the two children stared at each 
other in an embarrassed admiration. Tom had 
never seen such a delightful person before. She 
was small and wiry, with blue-black hair and eyes 
like an Indian. Her brown little face was splashed 
with a red suggestive of a riotous autumn leaf, and 
when she smiled an elfin gleam danced all around it 
and flickered, laughing, in her eyes. 

From time to time he saw her on scattered Sun- 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 33 

days, but beyond the fact that her name was Evelyn 
he learned nothing further about her. Finally 
she ceased to come and he saw her no more. 

Perhaps the influence that most affected Tom in 
these early years was his mother s obvious realiza 
tion, or at least assumption of, social inferiority, 
in addition to which, a literal acceptance of the doc 
trines of Christian humility and meekness accen 
tuated her natural timidity and absence of self- 
confidence. No more self-effacing, humble little 
lady ever lived than Mrs. Kelly, and if she was 
a saint by disposition, rather than from intellectual 
conviction, who shall grudge her her place in the 
hereafter? So Tom came naturally by the be 
lief that, somehow, he was not quite as good as 
most of the other people who lived about him, and 
that he must not force himself upon their notice. 

The result of this social reticence was that Mrs. 
Kelly s entire circle consisted of the clergyman, her 
suburban aunts and cousins, a few nondescript 
friends picked up at odd boarding-houses and small 
hotels during the summer months, and one or two 
lone ladies like herself, living either on her own 
street or at the west or east end of the city, 
while Tom s acquaintances were acquired at the 
public school and numbered only small males of 
his own age the sons of liverymen, tradespeople, 
and the scions of the foreign population then being 
rapidly drawn by economic exigencies to Boston. 

For girls, owing to the characteristics of the fe 
male cousins, he had an abiding distrust and con- 



34 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

tempt, and when he encountered them, which was 
rarely, it was his custom to distort his features into 
a grimace and give them a wide circle. 

His mother, by no means so unobservant as might 
have been expected, had formed a high resolve to 
give Tom a thorough religious, and then an equally 
thorough intellectual, education. Only her diffi 
dence prevented her from entering him in one of 
the excellent private schools with which Boston 
abounded, but never having ventured, save in a 
house of worship all persons being equal " before 
the Lord" to mingle with what she supposed to 
be a divinely appointed aristocracy, she could not 
muster sufficient courage to thrust her son where 
she had not the temerity to go herself. Led by an 
economic instinct to seek pleasure and virtue by the 
same road, she took Tom each year to some one of 
the various semireligious watering-places where oth 
ers, of like mind and similar social status, gathered 
together for mutual enjoyment. One which she 
particularly favored, and where Tom spent many of 
his early summers, was on the shores of a small lake 
in Maine. It consisted of fifty-odd shanties, digni 
fied as "cottages" by the occupants, with a wooden 
chapel and general store. 

The preacher was also the local postmaster and 
owned the store as well. His name was "The 
Reverend Sparrow." Unlike Uncle Ezra, he was 
stout and good-natured, with a hearty way of call 
ing the members of his flock by their first names, 
prefixed by "Brother" or "Sister." On week-days 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 35 

he wore brown overalls and a black alpaca jacket, 
and sat on the store piazza, discoursing on politics 
and religion. His lips were smooth shaven, but 
beneath them wagged a white goat s beard, ineffec 
tually screening a collarless double chin. Tom did 
not esteem him as he esteemed Uncle Ezra. There 
was something about "The Reverend Sparrow" 
which to his childish instincts did not ring quite 
true, for on Sundays he talked about sin, hell fire, 
and damnation, and the rest of the time cracked 
jokes with the parishioners as he weighed out their 
flour and sugar and handed them their letters 
and newspapers. He really didn t seem to find life 
melancholy at all, and his laugh could be heard 
constantly heehawing all through the camp. This 
exceedingly confused Tom s mind. At least Uncle 
Ezra and to a reasonable extent his mother, 
were consistent. They were constantly occupied 
with the idea of being "saved." "The Reverend 
Sparrow" took his salvation with a degree of jocu 
larity, which seemed wrong to Tom; but when he 
broached the subject to Mrs. Kelly she assured him 
that the preacher-postmaster was a very "wonderful 
man" with a "beautiful character." Yet Tom had 
his suspicions of him. 

The visitors boarded at low rates at the cottages, 
each of which had a name, the majority with a 
biblical suggestion, such as "Armour Bearer," 
"Galilee" and "Canaan," although there were 
others more secular like "Woodchuck," "Nut 
shell," and "Ararat." For some reason these last 



36 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

were considered rather the more "chic," and all the 
visitors engaged in much good-natured banter over 
the respective merits of their dwellings, referring 
merrily to one another as " Canaanites," "Wood- 
chucks," "Nuts," and "Galiloots." All this par 
tially robbed salvation of its terrors for Tom. But 
he could not accustom himself to "The Reverend 
Sparrow s" attitude of lightmindedness. It seemed 
to him that the good gentleman took his religion 
with a wink, as it were. 

Tom detested these wanderings in search of health 
and society, and quickly became expert in discerning 
their various hypocrisies. Each of the boarding- 
houses invariably had a sort of presiding genius 
a "grand old man" in the shape of a retired clergy 
man, who "came" year after year (doubtless at re 
duced rates) and who, besides reading the service 
on Sundays, "gave a tone" to the social gay e ties 
of the establishments. Around this benevolent old 
Buddha, the female boarders kowtowed in admira 
tion, most of them flabby old women, who spent 
their time knitting in rocking-chairs on the front 
piazza. The chairs, being of all sizes, moved back 
ward and forward with varying velocities and widely 
differing parabolas, and gave an impression not un 
like that of the pendulums of hundreds of clocks 
set in a row. 

Perhaps the most dismal of these establishments, 
t which nevertheless Mrs. Kelly and Tom re 
turned year after year, was situated in the foot 
hills of the White Mountains on a stony farm in- 



THE WORLD >ND THOMAS KELLY 37 

fested by woodchucks. By courtesy it was known 
as the Mountain Home House, though no moun 
tains were within reaching distance, and its religious 
atmosphere was heightened by the fact that it was 
located directly opposite the cemetery. In after 
years the mention of a "summer vacation" in 
evitably recalled to Tom the vision of a hot, low- 
ceiled room crowded with small tables about which 
lingered anaemic waitresses who murmured in dis 
dainful accents, "Roast beef or codfish and cream 
rare or well done?" There was but one bath 
room, even less inviting than the one on Newbury 
Street, and the boarders spent most of their time 
sitting on the piazza watching for funerals. 

There was nothing for Tom to do at most of these 
resorts, except to knock aimlessly the cracked and 
withered wooden balls around a humpy and sun 
burnt croquet-ground in the company of some 
peevish little girl or "fleshy" old lady who wanted 
to "reduce," or to whang waterlogged tennis-balls 
across a limp, bedraggled fish-net, drooping in the 
middle of an undulating field of stubble. For this 
latter sport, destined as it was to play an amazing 
part in his subsequent career, Tom had an indubi 
table predilection, and while his mother could not 
afford to buy him a real racket, he nevertheless prac 
tised it as best he could with a wooden bat whittled 
laboriously out of a stout shingle. 

The predominating religious view-point in these 
communal households differed both from the atti 
tude of Uncle Ezra and Aunt Minerva and also from 



38 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

that of "The Reverend Sparrow." The God of the 
Jenkins had been an austere, wrathful, and terrible 
God, whose shadow seemed to hover over the earth 
like that of a gigantic bird of prey; the God preached 
by "The Reverend Sparrow" was of the same 
general character but his awfulness was somewhat 
mitigated by the fact that, while he had pro 
nounced views, he hardly lived up to his convictions, 
being easily placated by prayer and good resolu 
tions and he was much more fearsome on Sun 
days than on the other days of the week; but the 
God of the boarding-house rusticators was entirely 
different, for he was as abnormally sensitive as he 
was omnipotent he could be deeply wounded even 
by a little child thinking an unrighteous thought. 
The idea that he was hourly inflicting acute pain on 
the Almighty made Tom wretchedly unhappy. He 
would have preferred to take his chances with 
the fierce swashbuckling Jehovah of Uncle Ezra 
and Aunt Minerva. In fact he worried so much 
over the celestial suffering of which he supposed him 
self to be the cause, that he became quite melan 
choly. His mother in her anxiety sought to allay 
his misery by telling him that God would "under 
stand" and "make allowances for little boys," 
but Tom remained unconvinced, secretly giving 
greater credence to the visiting clergymen who 
preached in the hotel parlor on Sundays than to her. 
Thus God appeared to Tom a many-sided and some 
what inconsistent character. 
Peregrinating thus about the country, Mrs. Kelly 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 39 

left few of the summer resorts of New England un- 
visited during the vacations, and one August she 
even insisted, much against her son s inclinations, 
upon going to Newport for a short period. His 
mother seemed to have a consuming natural curiosity 
to see with her own eyes how the "other half" 
lived. They stayed at a cheap hostelry in the lower 
part of the town, and spent most of the time walk 
ing aimlessly about the streets, sitting in the hotel 
parlors, and occasionally taking short drives. Mrs. 
Kelly, who continued to wear black for her husband 
as long as she lived, was accustomed to sport a tiny 
parasol of the variety fashionable about 1870, the 
top of which could be adjusted or "cocked" side 
ways, giving it a rakish air that suggested that the 
owner must, at least, have "scallops on her boots." 
Tom loathed the peculiar-looking thing, and being a 
self-conscious child, used to squirm in agonized em 
barrassment as his mother, carrying her parasol in 
complete unconsciousness of its strange appearance, 
led him along Rhode Island Avenue, while they 
gazed at the handsome equipages rolling be 
neath the elms, watched the fashionable people 
going and coming from the Casino, or examined the 
stone gateways through which led the smooth, 
flower-bordered driveways to the palaces of the 
great. 

There was to him something haughtily brutal 
about the hidden magnificence which he knew lurked 
behind the shrubbery of those luxurious gardens. 
Not that he wanted to see them particularly, only 



40 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

the consciousness of being excluded that the "no 
admittance" signs were meant for his mother and 
for him gave him the feeling of personally being a 
sort of pariah, classed him with the niggers, as it 
were. Sometimes when his mother was looking 
through the iron railings at the hydrangeas he would 
shake his small brown fist at the stone turrets of the 
mansion beyond the trees. And it was in a rebel 
lious, if not an anarchistic, frame of mind that Tom 
spent those two miserable weeks. Yet this was un 
usual, for most of the time, at other "resorts" he 
was merely bored. 

When school opened in the autumn they would 
return to the Newbury Street house, rejoined by 
Bridget who always spent the vacation period with 
her married sister at Nantasket Beach. Mrs. 
Kelly would resume her ecclesiastical activities and 
Tom his studies at the public school, where he worked 
hard, impelled by a sense of duty to make the most 
of his opportunities and stimulated thereto by his 
mother, who constantly impressed upon him the 
fact that he had his "way to make in the world," 
and that if he was industrious, and neither smoked 
nor drank until he was twenty-one, he might suc 
ceed, not only in an earthly sense, but also by lay 
ing up substantial treasure in heaven. 

"But I would rather have him a good man than a 
great man," she would say; "I have always told 
Tom that." 

Thus he was given to understand that though it 
ought not to be difficult for a youth of his parts to 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 41 

achieve greatness, nevertheless, should the question 
arise, he would be expected to relinquish prosperity 
for virtue. Just what his mother regarded as "suc 
cess" from a worldly point of view Tom was never 
quite sure of, but from casual remarks he concluded 
that she had in mind a prosperity about equivalent 
to that of Amos Witherbee, Cousin Minnie s hus 
band, who was a lumber merchant over in Cam- 
bridgeport. Mrs. Kelly always referred to Cousin 
Minnie as a "beaidifid woman," and when Tom, 
having seen her for the first time, remonstrated that 
she was not beautiful at all but quite the contrary, 
his mother said: "I mean she has a beautiful char 
acter. Handsome is as handsome does. If you were 
always as good as your Cousin Minnie I should be 
perfectly satisfied." The fact was that "Cousin" 
Minnie was no relation at all, but her example none 
the less may have inspired Tom to virtue. 

Excepting Saturdays, school "let out" at two 
o clock, after which Tom hastened home to a cold 
lunch, and then rushed out into the street to play, 
while his mother sat sewing at the bow window in 
the parlor awaiting his return. At first, just after 
his graduation from Bridget and the back yard, his 
amusements were confined to the bounds of the 
block upon which he lived to snowballing, play 
ing "catch" across the street, spinning tops, or roll 
ing marbles, for the collection, started by the Elder 
Kelly, his father, had multiplied enormously. But as 
Tom gained in wisdom and stature, he journeyed 
farther afield, stealing long rides in winter down 



42 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

the "back allies" on grocerymen s "pungs" or lead 
ing exploring expeditions, composed of other small 
school friends and sometimes of friendly "muckers," 
into the wildernesses of "Muddy River" and the 
Milldam. It was due to a merciful dispensation of 
Providence that Mrs. Kelly could not see her only 
son upon these excursions, for in winter the boys 
"ran tiddledees" over the quaking, ticklish ice 
fields of the Back Bay beyond "Westchester Park," 
and in summer floated recklessly around upon rafts 
improvised of loose boards, fishing for eels. Moved 
by the instinct of self-preservation for Tom s 
social timidity had curdled into a fierce antagonism 
to the "rich boys" on Commonwealth Avenue and 
Beacon Street he organized a "gang" of social 
derelicts like himself, to wage both offensive and 
defensive warfare, upon other and similar "gangs" 
in other quarters and upon the "muckers" who 
periodically appeared like invading Huns from the 
south and west ends and offered battle upon the 
greensward of the Avenue. 

Thus, in spite of his mother s constant care, Tom 
got plenty of fresh air and exercise, and expanded 
in all directions, until his small jackets and panta 
loons were stretched to bursting, and often his 
wanderings took him so far afield that it was long 
after dark before he reached home, weary of foot and 
empty of stomach, to find the street-lamps lighted 
and his mother peering from behind the white cur 
tains of the parlor window. Instantly she would 
be down-stairs to open the door, giving him a little 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 43 

reproving, pecking kiss, accompanied by a com 
plaining: 

"I should have thought you would have thought 
a little of your mother and not stayed out after 
dark in this way. I was worried to death ! " 

And Tom, with a terrible sinking of the heart and 
in genuine contrition, would admit his sin crave 
pardon, and be forgiven, while his wet shoes were 
removed from his feet, and they and his small back 
were rubbed vigorously with alcohol. Then in dry 
clothes, his extremities parboiled from the after 
noon s floundering in snow or water, he would con 
sume huge quantities of Indian meal mush, cold 
meat, potatoes, apple sauce, gingerbread, and highly 
diluted milk or cocoa. 

Afterward under the bronze gaslight in the 
library Tom would drowse over "Greenleafs Mental 
Arithmetic" or the "School Geography" while his 
mother, and Aunt Eliza, possibly, would play a 
game of "parchisi" or discuss the comparative ex 
cellences of their favorite patent medicines; and 
when the marble clock on the mantel chimed nine 
he was quite ready to climb up to the third story 
rear and go to bed, leaving his mother to come up, 
kiss him softly good night, and turn out the gas. 
On the whole, it was by no means an unwholesome 
life for a boy to lead. 

Though Tom regarded his mother as the most 
perfect, if not the most beautiful, human being in 
the world, he sometimes wondered why he found it 
so difficult to talk to her about the various subjects 



44 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

in which he was interested or which he was taught 
at school. Mrs. Kelly s reading was confined al 
most entirely to the Bible, a few novels of a strongly 
religious flavor by Marie Corelli, and the death 
notices in the Evening Transcript. She recognized 
herself as quite unable to cope with the speculations 
and perplexities of his active young mind and 
adroitly evaded all topics in which she might find 
herself at a disadvantage. In consequence their 
conversational interchanges w r ere almost nil. 

As the reader has already divined, Mrs. Kelly was 
a negative sort of woman, distrustful of her own 
capacities, and supremely conscious of her own limi 
tations. Tom was the centre of her universe and she 
could see nothing but that centre. She was like a 
hen with one chick, ready to flutter it off to safety 
at the first premonition of danger, but prepared 
to fight viciously for her offspring if occasion de 
manded. She was, so to speak, a mother and 
nothing else. She was neither a wise nor discerning 
one. But she gave to Tom a passionate devotion 
that made her the abiding influence in his career. 
This devotion he returned. The house on New- 
bury Street was his world, albeit a very small one. 
Beyond its limits he strayed but rarely, and in his 
wanderings he never came in contact with any more 
intellectual or luxurious existence than his own. 
There was practically no alteration in their mode 
of life up to the time of his entry into college, for 
which he had been passably well prepared by the 
public schools of his native city, and thus, when at 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 45 

last his mother reluctantly and with a heart full of 
misgivings cut the apron-strings which had bound 
him to her, Tom at the age of eighteen was about 
as innocent, if not ignorant, a young person as had 
ever passed inside the gates of Harvard University, 
where, to be strictly accurate, this story can only 
be said to begin. 



IV 



THE pop-eyed little man with the domelike fore 
head who had been lecturing to the class in mediaeval 
history hurrying breathlessly through his notes 
so that Otto the Saxon King might be safely crowned 
in Rome before the hands of the big clock should 
reach twelve closed his portfolio with something 
like a snort of relief, and removed his double-lensed 
glasses. 

"Next time we shall consider the reciprocal in 
fluence of the Roman and Teutonic elements on 
the character of the empire," he announced se 
verely. "There will be an hour examination next 
Friday from Theodoric to the Dissolution of the 
Carolingian domain." 

Two hundred pairs of shoes simultaneously scraped 
the floor, and the lecturer, swiftly grabbing his 
derby hat, scurried for the door to avoid questions. 
There were always half a dozen grinds who wished 
to display their erudition by digging up unheard of 
minutiae and interrogating him casually about them 
as if they were matters of commonest knowledge. 
He had seen from the corner of his eye an ass named 
Ricker trying to outflank him and spring (he felt 
confident) something on him about the iconoclastic 
schism. He gained the exit triumphantly, however, 

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THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 47 

and disappeared like a rabbit in the direction of 
Quincy Street, for it was a drowsy, soft spring day 
full of quivering sunshine, and he intended to go 
out to Oakland for a game of golf. 

The class jostled out of the building, and scattered 
in all directions, a few lingering around the threshold 
of the old red-brick revolutionary structure to smoke 
and discuss the lecture. 

" Crabs was on the run to-day," grumbled Ricker, 
who having lost the lecturer was eager to vent his 
learning on somebody. "I had a hard time taking 
everything he said down in shorthand but I man 
aged to get it. That stuff about the Capitulary of 
802 for instance " his voice rose in stealthy en 
thusiasm. 

"Oh, shut up, Ricker!" growled Tom Kelly, now 
grown to the mature age of nineteen. "You make 
us all tired. It s bad enough to listen to Crabs 
for fifty minutes without having it all warmed over 
and dished out second hand by you. I don t even 
know what a capitulary is. I don t want to. It 
sounds something like a caterpillar. I ll bet it was 
rotten, anyway, whatever it was." 

Ricker was eagerly turning the pages of his neatly 
inscribed note-book. 

"All persons within his dominions, as well ecclesi 
astical as civil, who had already sworn allegiance to 
him as King, were thereby commanded to swear to 
him afresh as Caesar; and " 

He suddenly ceased, Tom having stuffed a cap 
into his mouth and thrown him backward on the 



48 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

greensward, where another of the group held him 
prone by the shoulders, while a third snatched his 
precious book and ran across the yard with it toward 
Thayer s Hall. 

Ricker arose, grinning sheepishly. He was a fat, 
pimply, pasty-faced youth with bristly hair radiating 
from his rather small head like porcupine quills. 
Tom made a good-natured feint at him. 

"You ll feel differently, you bet, when you re 
cramming for the exams," Ricker protested, spitting 
wool from his mouth. "There ain t another feller 
but me s got it all. I could sell it and make a lot of 
money out of it." 

"Oh, pouff ! " cried Tom. "You don t understand 
that mess any better than the rest of us. I m 
gorged with schisms and alliances, and influences 
and doctrines, and I don t even know where the 
countries were that had em ! Why didn t Crabs 
start out, for instance, with a big map and a poker 
and tell us on the very first day what the whole 
blooming course was about ? He could have pointed 
out the Garden of Eden and said: Adam was born 
here. 9 Then by easy stages he could have worked 
down to the Middle Ages and got fairly started. 
Instead, he talked fifty minutes about Alexandrian 
Neo-Platonism. What is Neo-Platonism ? " 

"I knew three months ago," announced Peters, 
a tall, sardonic youth, lighting a "Sweet Cap" 
cigarette. "But I m damned if I know now. What 
say you to food ? The odor of fat venison summons 
us even now to yonder ivy-covered hall." 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 49 

He turned down the diagonal path, linking his 
arm through that of Tom, who had shot up to six 
feet in height, with an athletic, if slender, build. 
Tom did not like Andy Peters unreservedly, but he 
had had so little choice in the selection of friends 
that Andy, if excluded from his circle, would have 
left a wide gap in it. 

Little Arthur Holden, a rosy-cheeked boy, whose 
father was a clergyman in one of the Boston suburbs, 
strolled along beside them. 

"I agree with you, Tom," said he. " They deluge 
us with a stream of Popes and Emperors and Kings 
whose names we won t even remember and dates 
and diets and concordats when we don t most of 
us know what the really big events of history are." 

"Yes," answered Tom, "or what anybody was 
like. What s the use of knowing what relation 
Pipin of Herstal was to Charles Martel when no one 
tells you whether they wore paint or feathers, or 
live,d in tents or houses. I can tell you something 
about the Diet of Worms, but I haven t an idea what 
the dieters looked like, whether they came in car 
riages or on foot, wore their hair long or short, or 
what they ate for dinner." 

"The most important thing is what we are going 
to have for dinner ! " vouchsafed Peters. "Oh, hang ! 
it s dog day sausages for ours. I can smell 
em." 

They walked through the transept of Memorial 
Hall, between the white tablets placed there in 
memory of Harvard s sons who died in the Civil 



50 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

War, and emerged suddenly out of its shadowy 
silences into the noise and clatter of the great col 
lege commons. 

Tom had passed through a healthy, studious, and, 
on the whole, not unhappy adolescence in Boston, 
continuing his education in the city s public schools 
and finally matriculating in his eighteenth year at 
Harvard. 

In these intervening years Tom s face had changed 
its contour and his curly hair had darkened, so 
that it was now auburn-brown. His forehead 
was broad, his nose straight, his eyes a deep blue, 
his lips full and clear cut, and his chin firm and 
well moulded. He moved rather deliberately, but 
with a characteristic certainty, and had it not 
been for his " high-water" trousers and generally 
shabby clothes he would have passed for an attrac 
tive and athletic young Englishman. But Mrs. 
Kelly had no surplus funds to waste on the apparel 
of either her son or herself, and so Tom s collars 
were usually frayed, and his trousers and coats 
rarely matched. In fact his habitual costume was 
a very shiny blue jacket above a faded pair of steel- 
gray trousers. Gloves he never donned. His shoes 
were always down at the heels and held to his feet 
by curiously knotted strings. For both he and his 
mother would have felt that they had sinned had 
they replaced a garment still capable of being re 
paired. Clothes, like food, were, according to their 
creed, for use and not for pleasure. Their lives had 
no room for mere luxuries. So to Tom the crude 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 51 

fare of Memorial Hall seemed good, as it undoubtedly 
was in the sense of being wholesome, and he managed 
to tuck away a substantial amount of it three times 
a day, to which he added a supplementary menu 
around eleven o clock in the evening of hardtack 
and hot chocolate boiled over a gas-stove in his bed 
room. 

The Hall, even at a quarter past twelve, was 
filling up and the boys found several of their table 
companions already there. Most of them had been 
" assigned" to this particular table the one under 
the alleged Stuart portrait of Washington by the 
merest chance, having had no group of their own to 
join. Of the twelve, two, including Tom, came from 
Boston, one from Worcester, two from Lowell, one 
from Chicago, four from Dorchester or Roxbury, 
one from Alabama, and one from Texas, and all 
had entered Harvard practically without friends. 

They were a good-natured, and for the most part, 
an innocent-minded lot of lads, of as various char 
acteristics as an equal number of grown men. Each 
was the product of his own home influences, and a 
few minutes conversation with any of them would 
have sufficed to disclose the character and attitude 
toward life of the boy s parents, if he had any. 

"Here you, Moses!" shouted Tom to the negro 
waiter. "Bring me a couple of hot dogs ! Who s 
got the spuds? Pass em along, you Cryder." 

He took his place at the end of the table and 
began to spread a large disk of ship s biscuit with an 
extremely salt variety of kitchen butter. 



52 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"Coin 7 out for the track team?" inquired Cryder, 
who was a brawny Viking of six feet three. "I 
should think you d make a good man for the quarter 
mile." 

Tom shook his head, his mouth being full of hard 
tack. He felt no confidence in any athletic prow 
ess. 

" A chap gets a fair deal there, anyhow," asserted 
Cryder. "They can t leave you off the team if you 
beat the other fellow ! I didn t get any show at all 
for the footbaU team." 

"It did seem as if you might have made our class 
eleven," said Tom politely, ignoring the fact that 
Cryder had made a pitiful spectacle of himself in 
the Freshman try-out. 

"I wasn t thinking of myself," apologized Cryder 
hurriedly. "But in general there s a terrible lot 
of favoritism, don t you think? Societies for 
instance 

"Sh!" interpolated Peters. "Don t you know 
enough not to talk about such things right out 
loud in Memorial Hall? Somebody might hear 
you! You re not supposed to know that they 
exist." 

"They don t for most of this bunch!" growled 
Ricker, the grind. "You fellows have about as 
much chance to make the Dicky as this nigger 
Moses. I tell you no one has any social pull in 
this place unless he had a father or an uncle in 
one of the clubs or comes from one of the swell 
schools." 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 53 

"Bunk!" retorted Tom. "I don t believe any 
such thing. If I was running a social club, Ricker, 
you bet I wouldn t have you in it ! You d turn all 
the drinks sour!" 

"Never you mind!" scowled Ricker. "You ll 
find out I m right, all right. Look here ! How many 
of those fellows who live in Claverly Hall have you 
met? How many men from the Back Bay come to 
your room?" 

"I come from the Back Bay myself!" grinned 
Tom, and the rest of them laughed. Ricker re 
turned venomously to his sausages. 

"Well, we can t all of us be swells!" spoke up 
Arthur Holden. "I shouldn t be surprised if all of 
us made some club or other. And what difference 
would it make even if we didn t? You fellows are 
good enough for me !" 

"Hear! Hear! Just listen to Little Hopeful !" 
sneered Peters. He glowered at Holden malevo 
lently. Something evidently had touched him on 
the raw. Suddenly he smashed his glass down up 
on the table so that the milk leaped in a jet into 
the air. 

"Damn it!" he cried excitedly, "what do you 
want to go and spoil my lunch for? It s rotten! 
Everybody knows it s rotten!" he blurted out the 
words, glancing over his shoulder at the near-by 
tables as if fearful of being overheard. "You talk 
like a lot of holy kids. We re a bunch of lemons, 
and the sooner we admit it to ourselves the better." 
He looked upward suddenly toward the gallery. 



54 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

" There! If you want to succeed at Harvard you 
ought to behave like that beastly little snob Gather- 
wood up there. Just look at him ! I d like to punch 
his face! 7 

The boys raised their eyes with one accord. A 
small, neatly dressed young gentleman with care 
fully parted hair was standing in the gallery beside 
a girl in a pink-and-blue muslin dress. She gazed 
curiously down on the hundreds of undergraduates 
whom her escort seemed to regard with supercilious 
condescension, as he indicated various features of 
the hall with his freshly gloved hand. 

Catherwood was in fact an unfortunate example 
of the single cad who in every college class manages 
somehow to get himself accepted at his own exalted 
valuation and, through the indolence or good nature 
of his associates, to win a conspicuous social place 
in the college life. 

"Oh, Lord! Look at him!" echoed Cryder. 
"He s got on new yellow chamois gloves !" 

"Showing her how the animals feed!" snarled 
Peters again. 

At that moment a middle-aged man in a frock- 
coat and shining tall hat, who bore a distinct re 
semblance to the dapper youth, appeared beside the 
couple. 

Instantly all the students, in accordance with 
ancient custom, turned toward the gallery and be 
gan to clap vigorously. The girl blushed, became 
confused and drew back, but the gentleman seemed 
under the impression that the applause was a tribute 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 55 

to himself for he smiled and, almost imperceptibly, 
bowed. At this the clapping doubled in volume. 
In return the elegant stranger made a pronounced 
inclination in the direction of the audience below 
and slightly raised his hat. The din increased. A 
thunderous roar arose from the tables, accompanied 
by the banging of knives and forks and stamping. 
Catherwood, the younger, hurried forward and 
spoke hastily to the innocent cause of the distur 
bance, who, theretofore merely mystified, now looked 
very foolish and removed his hat entirely, amid 
renewed applause after which he hastily fled. 

"Seems a swell can make as big an ass of himself 
as anybody ! " opined Tom. " So that s Catherwood, 
is it?" 

"I always heard he was a very nice fellow," 
asserted a boy named Wai ton- Smith who spoke 
with a careful enunciation and was rather better 
dressed than the others at the table. "I don t see 
how it s anything against him that he s rich. He 
can t help that, can he? I bet he s all right or all 
those big men in the class wouldn t go with him." 

"Better call on him at his suite in Dunster and see 
for yourself," grimly suggested Peters. "My, but 
you d get the icy mitt ! " 

Tom maintained silence. He had had an experi 
ence with Catherwood earlier in the year. The 
first day of the term when the line formed in the 
yard to "register" he had found himself beside this 
very boy, although he had not known his name. 
Though the latter was only coldly polite they had 



56 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

had some slight conversation, which Tom had re 
garded as sufficient excuse for nodding when next 
they met. But Catherwood had looked over his 
head, declining either to recognize him or return his 
salutation in any way. Deeply chagrined, Tom tried 
to deceive himself into the belief that Catherwood s 
rudeness was unintentional and due to bad eyesight. 
He knew better, however. For the first time in 
his life he realized that, for some reason, another 
human being did not wish his acquaintance. It was 
a trifling incident but it had been like a blow in the 
face, and had driven him deep into his shell. There 
after he had waited to be introduced to his class 
mates and the introductions had been few. Yet 
his natural spirits were high and he had a dry, 
whimsical humor that could keep the boys chuckling, 
as he recounted various childish experiences in which 
figured Uncle Ezra, the " Reverend Sparrow," and 
other worthies. Being at this period simple, kindly, 
and straightforward, as well as more than usually 
sociable, Tom, not knowing how to make new ac 
quaintances, took up with such wastrels as chance 
cast in his path, and, his friendships being fortuitous, 
the friends themselves were of a heterogeneous 
character. But the canker of discontent gnawed 
at his heart, when he saw other men, who, perhaps, 
had made the athletic teams, becoming good friends 
and running things generally while he figured in 
the class, so far as he figured at all, as a mere spec 
tator. But he made up his mind never to admit 
disappointment! There was no use being a 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 57 

"grouch/ and people had to be left out in college 
just as much as anywhere else, so when Peters had 
said that they were a "bunch of lemons" he had dis 
sented as vigorously as the others. Nevertheless 
he knew it was true. They were lemons of a 
sort ! He was sensitive to a lack of what might be 
called "quality" in all of them except perhaps 
Francis True, the dreamy little cripple who spent 
most of his time in studying music and reading 
poetry. He roomed just over Tom and was always 
apologizing to him about the piano, although to the 
latter it was a real delight. Those other chance 
friends of his lacked he couldn t say just what. 
It was something about their point of view. They 
had a penchant, even Holden, for rather dirty stories. 
Ricker was a coarse brute, and so was Cryder, while 
Smith and Peters had the habit of mysteriously dis 
appearing in the evenings, either alone or together 
and turning up the next afternoon very seedy and 
with their eyes ringed with circles. Smith made 
such a noise about being a gentleman that Tom 
found him unconvincing. If he hadn t talked about 
it so much, perhaps ! 

At the same time he knew that there were men in 
the class that were his ideal in every way Ray 
mond Dwight, for instance, the president, who had 
lived all his life on Commonwealth Avenue within 
five blocks of Tom s house without their ever hav 
ing met. But how get to know him? 

Tom still spent his Sundays at home with his 
mother, returning to the Newbury Street house in 



58 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

time for supper on Saturday night. Mrs. Kelly 
was now over sixty and her hair was nearly white; 
Bridget also had broad streaks of gray in her thin 
straight tresses and her homely face was heavily 
lined with wrinkles; while Maggie, his old nurse, 
had succumbed to the drunken endearments, sup 
plemented by legal threats, of her tailor husband 
and had disappeared into the wooden wildernesses 
of Roxbury. Also his mother had relaxed .some 
thing of her religious severity, while adhering strin 
gently to its outward forms and observances. 
She still attended regularly all the meetings of her 
various church societies and had induced Tom by 
urgent solicitation to act as an usher on Sundays, 
but she had no realization of the necessity of youth 
for mere gayety and laughter. She thought, good 
soul, that it should be enough for Tom, after his 
week in Cambridge, to sit quietly at home on 
Saturday nights with her in the library, and on 
Sundays to escort her sedately to their house of 
worship. 

But acting as an usher at St. Agnes s was a pretty 
tame substitute for the week-end relaxations of most 
of the other boys in the class. There were Papanti s 
elegant " Saturday Evenings," for instance, at which 
the youth and beauty of the Back Bay and of 
Harvard then foregathered just as they had for 
generations past. There had been a succession of 
Papantis and everybody in Boston (who was Any 
body) attended their classes, just as he belonged to 
the Somerset Club and had a seat at the Symphony 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 59 

Rehearsals. But Tom knew that he could never 
hope to break into Papanti s select circle for there 
had never been a Kelly in the dancing- class and 
there never would be. In various indefinable ways 
it had been brought home to Tom during the ten 
years preceding his advent in Cambridge, that 
anybody of his name was regarded by the Back 
Bay somehow as a sort of "mucker." 

Tom had begun his career at Harvard without 
even a rudimentary knowledge of the art of dancing, 
and, needless to say, did not own any garments that 
by the extremest poetic license could be regarded 
as "evening dress." When his friend Walton- 
Smith, therefore, invited him to a dinner at the 
W r alton-Smith villa in Brookline "to be followed by 
dancing" it was necessary to explain to him that 
dress clothes were de rigueur; and Tom, resolved to 
make the most of his opportunities, went down some 
where on lower Washington Street and there un 
earthed a "Professor" Salvini who, for half a dollar, 
gave him fullest instructions as to how to "one- 
two-three-slide" and permitted him to spend an 
hour waltzing with two stout Swedish cooks, his 
pupils. The cooks were not only good-natured 
but danced rather well, and Tom, having hired a 
dress suit for three dollars, attended the Walton- 
Smiths dinner and enjoyed it hugely. 

It was his first glimpse of any sort of luxury. 
He did not know that it was a pretentious affair, 
that his hosts were ill-bred nouveaux riches, that the 
music was cheap, and the dinner sent in from a 



6o THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

caterer s. He saw only bright flowers and the 
faces of smiling girls, heard only the exhilarating 
strains of the waltz. To his starved soul it was 
little less than ecstasy. And this peep into the 
world of gayety sent Tom back to his lonely room 
in Cambridge even more disgruntled than before, 
feeling that he had been cheated out of something 
which it was too late for him ever to regain, and 
that among those vaguely responsible were Uncle 
Ezra, Aunt Minerva, and the " Reverend Sparrow. 7 
Without having a suspicion of it, he was ripe for a 
revolt, almost ready to kick over the moral bucket 
and " spill the beans." Without acknowledging it, 
he was sick of Horatio P. Ricker, Cryder, Holden, 
Peters, Walton-Smith all of them! He wanted 
something better just what, he could not have 
formulated. He wanted, doubtless, what he had no 
right to expect that the world should be changed, 
and the hopelessness of it all, including the fact that 
the world wouldn t change, was so obvious to him 
that, as he sat in his room on the evening of the 
celebrated appearance of Mr. Howard Catherwood s 
father in the gallery of Memorial Hall, he could 
hardly read his Gibbon for the blinding tears that 
would force themselves between him and the fine 
print of the page for there was a sound in the yard 
that fills the Freshman either with ecstasy or de 
spair, the lilting song of a hundred men as they 
march to "take out" the latest member of the "In 
stitute of 1770." 

They were coming across the Yard from some 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 6 1 

other building and the song grew louder and louder 
each moment. 

"Tra lala la ! lala ! lala ! lalalala ! lala ! 
lala! la! " 



Other lads, sitting alone in other shabby rooms, 
heard the song and their hearts stopped beating. 
Even Tom, wholly aware that there was probably 
not a soul in that entire heterogeneous society who 
knew him by name, held his breath as the tramping 
feet drew near. Could they possibly have heard 
about him in some mysterious fashion? Perhaps 
they had a system of secretly looking up everybody 
in the class without his knowing it and 

"Tra lala la ! lala ! lala ! lala ! " 

They were right outside now. They were coming 
in! The goose-flesh rose on his back and arms. 
Their footsteps thundered on his very threshold ! 
His head swam in an agony of expectation. Why 
didn t they pound on the door or break it in? 
Should he go and open it just a crack ? For a 
moment there was silence outside and he could 
hear the rustle of a paper. In that instant partial 
sanity returned to him. Of course it couldn t be 
that they were coming for him But for whom? 
in that building? Suddenly with a shout the 
crowd stampeded on up the wooden stairs 

"Tra lala la - - " the song halted for lack of 
breath. 



62 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

He heard a sharp knock directly over his head, a 
confusion of voices, cheers, and then a tumult of 
feet as the crowd descended again and poured out 
into the Yard. 

They had taken out little Frank True ! 

Astounded, Tom threw open his window and let 
the humid night-air dry the sweat that had gathered 
profusely on his forehead. He felt strangely weak. 
They were nearly down to Matthew s now the 
song getting fainter and fainter. Frank True? 
Why, True didn t begin to know as many fellows 
as he did ! They took True ! 

"You in, Irish ?" 

The door had been burst unceremoniously open 
by Ricker, who, collarless, his head bound with a 
wet towel, seemed to be suffering from some kind of 
stroke. 

"Say!" Ricker s voice choked as if his throat 
were quite dry. "Are you on to what s happened? 
The Institute s taken out Frank True! That 
miserable little skate up-stairs ! Nobody ever heard 
of him at all! Damn it all! Damn everything!" 
Ricker was beside himself frankly crying 

"Oh, buck up !" replied Tom, gazing bitterly into 
the night. 

"I heard em coming," Ricker almost sobbed. 
"They stopped right out in front and I I 
thought maybe I bet you did too Irish ! 
How c d we help it? And it s that little squirt that 
plays the piano all day! How do you s pose he 
ever got any pull? And look how I ve worked! 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 63 

You know merit ought to count for something! 
And you, too, Tom you really know a whole lot 
of fellows!" 

Tom did not respond, for his universe was rocking. 
Of course, True might be a swell in disguise you 
could easily be mistaken, especially in one of those 
awfully quiet fellows. And on the other hand it 
might have been merely a chance shot. He didn t 
believe those things went by chance, though. How 
ridiculous of Ricker to have the absurd idea that 
they were coming after him ! And yet his spirits 
sank what reason had he to suppose that he was 
any more socially acceptable than the grind? 
Weren t they two of a kind two lemons off the 
same tree? He felt a sudden detestation for both 
Ricker and himself. 

"Hang it!" he growled, without looking round. 
"Don t be a sour-belly! Quit the baby act, won t 
you?" 

Then, hearing nothing, and feeling that he had 
been a bit inconsiderate, he added: 

"Of course, it s rotten hard lines !" 

There was no response and he turned to find 
the room empty. Ricker had retired to the more 
sympathetic atmosphere of his own dingy quarters 
across the landing. Tom, glad of his departure, 
filled his pipe and smoked it in silent bitterness of 
spirit. Curse the luck! Everybody else seemed 
to be having a good time except himself and his own 
crowd of left-overs. There was nothing for him but 
to grind grind ! 



64 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

And what good* would it do him in the end? 
Four years thrown away when he might be getting 
ahead in some good business or studying law per 
haps. There he would sit by himself in that same 
room for four dreary years ! What was the use of 
his being at Cambridge at all ? It was just inviting 
misery ! He had looked forward in a vague way to 
college as a place where all the fellows in a class 
sat around on the grass joking one another, or sing 
ing songs about "bright college days." Bright col 
lege days ! He didn t know even his own class 
mates when he saw them in the Yard ! 

A step sounded outside and Peters sauntered in. 

"That was a hell of a note, wasn t it?" he in 
quired. "A lot of slobs must have had heart-failure 
to-night, all right! Well, I always suspected True 
of being a deep one. But it ll all come out in the 
wash." 

He went over and stood by the window and Tom 
perceived that he was arrayed in an immaculate 
blue suit with a dun-colored waistcoat. 

"Look here!" said Peters suddenly. "Aren t 
you ever going to get any fun out of life? Come 
along into Boston with me right now and let s 
make a night of it. Why not have a good 
time? We re out of it here, fast enough, but 
Cambridge isn t the whole world by any manner 
of means. That blooming tra la la has got 
on my nerves!" 

Peters s suggestion had come at the psychological 
moment, for Tom felt the physical need of escape 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 65 

from an atmosphere which seemed to be smothering 
him. 

"What are you going to do?" he asked in per 
fect innocence of Peters s actual designs. 

"Have a boiled live lobster and mug of musty, 
first off," he answered, suppressing the smile that 
rose to his lips. 

"Cost much?" 

"Oh, I ll blow you !" offered Peters royally. "I 
need a really jovial companion." 

Tom gave a melancholy laugh. 

"All right," he agreed, "I ll go you." 

He blew out the kerosene-lamp swiftly, as if fear 
ful that he might change his mind, and snatched his 
hat off the peg behind the door. 

"I ll go as far as you like ! " he added as he kicked 
to the door viciously; and they hurried down the 
steps together into the darkness of the Yard. 



TOM did not awake next day until noon and, when 
at last he did, it was with a severe headache over 
his right eye and a taste in his mouth suggestive of 
having devoured dusty fur. Moreover, he had also 
an aggravating realization that the fun had been 
by no means worth the price he was now paying 
for it, and that he had escaped lasting degradation 
only by a narrow margin. His excesses, however, 
had culminated only in the drinking of rather too 
much musty ale, a form of refreshment to which he 
was entirely unaccustomed. 

The reason for this had been simple. The sur 
face car in which Peters and he had journeyed into 
Boston passed within a block of his mother s home 
in Newbury Street and Tom had had a momentary 
vision of the white-haired little old lady sitting in 
the library over her knitting. He had almost been 
moved to stop the car and to go over to the house 
to bid her good night. But he felt self-conscious 
about it he told himself that it would not have 
been polite to Peters. The thought of his mother 
had, however, tempered the recklessness of his first 
mood, and when, after the "lobster and musty" 
at Billy Park s, Peters had proposed "going along 
on somewhere" Tom had mumbled something in- 

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articulate about "an hour exam, the next day" 
and rather brusquely parted from him on the side 
walk. 

He was inexpressibly glad now that he had. He 
lay in bed gazing at a spot on the wall, just as when 
a child he had stared up at the variegated worsted 
motto over his mother s bedroom door that invited 
him in ornamental characters to come and "Be 
Saved." He could see it now "Look unto Me 
and Be Ye Saved." How often as a small boy he 
had asked himself: "Saved" from what? Hell 
with its sulphurous fumes, as pictured by Uncle 
Ezra, had faded out of his existence, not at all as 
the result of any reasoning process but simply as it 
were "by attrition." What was there to be saved 
from? Why was it necessary to be saved? 

His subconscious mind visualized the room in 
which he had been born. He saw the sad, sweet 
face of the steel-engraved Madonna over the marble 
mantelpiece and the fat, happy, wise little child in 
her arms. And, as he lay there half dreaming, the 
face seemed to change to that of his mother when 
she was young, her eyes full of the mystery of mother 
hood, and the baby on her bosom became himself 
little Tom. He recalled how she would clasp him 
tightly to her as a tiny child; and he fancied now 
that he could almost feel her arms. 

The twelve-o clock recitation-bell clanged from 
the cupola of Massachusetts and startled him to 
broad wakefulness. The faces on the wall dis 
solved, leaving only the spot. Through the open 



68 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

window came the smell of cut grass and hot earth, 
and the sound of hurrying footsteps on the stone 
flagging outside. Then, just above his head, some 
body began playing Mendelssohn s " Spring Song." 
He listened, enchanted in spite of his wretchedness. 
He could almost hear the birds singing in the budding 
branches of white blossoming trees, see the butter 
flies as they flickered from flower to flower, smell 
the riotous perfumes of a germinating and nascent 
world. The pianist played as if he, too, were happy. 
The instrument seemed to be singing joyously in 
answer to his loving touch. 

But in the midst of his listening Tom again ex 
perienced the pangs of jealousy. No wonder True 
was happy! No wonder the notes fell in an ec 
static shower from his fingers ! Bah ! Tom turned 
over and tried to invite sleep once more. In spite 
of his disappointment the music soothed him again 
into a state of semiconsciousness. He found him 
self repeating, over and over, the words "Come and 
be saved Come and be saved"; and suddenly it 
occurred to him that he had been saved from some 
thing by the thought of his mother the night before. 
Curious ! Perhaps the words of Christ had a signif 
icance he had not suspected. Perhaps different 
people were saved differently from different things, 
or, at least, by different means. The " Spring Song " 
had ceased and, in its stead, Nevin s "Papillon" 
was darting amid a flower-bed of sweet music. Per 
haps some people were saved by music. Some, 
perhaps, by their mothers. And some by the love 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 69 

of God and belief in Jesus. A qualm of nausea made 
him realize his own little present Hell very acutely. 
That, he had not been saved from, but he had been 
saved from the agony of an utter loss of self-respect. 
It was a great old puzzle, this human life ! 

At length he got up and weakly dressed. The 
sunlight dizzied him at first, but soon the fresh air 
made him feel much better and he crawled as far 
as the front steps and watched the fellows pouring 
out of the old buildings to go to lunch. No lunch 
for him, thank you! The men streamed past him 
by the hundred, some plodding along alone, some 
walking in twos and threes, and occasionally in a 
phalanx of twelve or fifteen jovial companions. But 
out of the lot only about two nodded to him. The 
rest were as good as strangers. Was there any rea 
son why half the class should have a good time and 
the other half not? Why should he be left out? 
Hadn t he as much to offer as most? He assured 
himself doggedly that he loved Harvard. It was 
a "great old place," beautiful there in the Yard! 
And he went to the games and always yelled as loud 
as anybody only, somehow, he didn t feel as if he 
"belonged." He was more like a casual stranger 
that had simply bought a seat and was politely in 
terested in the result. What the devil did he care 
who won? What difference did it make to him? 
Of course he talked a whole lot like the other fellows 
in his crowd about the make-up of the teams and 
the crews, but he knew well that they were aping an 
enthusiasm they did not feel. He didn t know the 



70 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

players or oarsmen themselves, and, even if Har 
vard won, he would not have the privilege of slap 
ping anybody on the back. No, it was a fake this 
college life ! So feels many a man who belongs to 
what might be called "the gray zone," which lies 
between those of his fellows who are obviously quali 
fied and those who are as obviously unsuited by 
personality and training for college social life. There 
was no particular reason why Tom should not have 
received the recognition which he craved. He was 
well-mannered, attractive, and intelligent. But 
he had been fortuitously excluded, just as others 
more fortunate in their friends had been left out 
of clubs simply because there was no room for 
them. 

He glanced through the open window into his 
room with its hideous, yellow wall-paper, its big, 
ugly, rusty iron stove, and the grotesque picture of 
the bird made of "real feathers" that he had hung 
so as to cover a soiled spot over the sofa and the 
sofa itself ! Horse-hair. His mother had suggested 
using it because it was so strong and perfectly good 
it having belonged to Miss Fanny Trollop she 
that weighed three hundred pounds. He admitted 
that the room certainly was not much to look at, 
nor yet to live in. It didn t have any "atmosphere 
of culture" or anything else. It simply looked like 
a bad case of jaundice. Tom s disgust grew upon 
him. He wondered who had fixed up Frank True s 
room for him. Somebody had spent real money 
on it, for sure ! Those big leather chairs cost some- 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 71 

thing, and so did those old prints four or five 
dollars apiece at least. He decided True must in 
reality be a good deal of a snob underneath. Tom 
had originally nodded to him just out of pity, so to 
speak. Of course you d speak to any little cuss 
who had a withered leg in an iron brace ! But now, 
if he said anything to True the latter would think 
he was trying to swipe to him ! He d jolly well leave 
True alone, he would ! 

Tom almost immediately had a chance to put this 
resolution into practice, for Frank came hitching 
down the stairs on the way to lunch. 

"Oh, heUo, Irish !" he caUed out cheerily. 
"Aren t you eating to-day?" 

Tom nodded stiffly, without looking at him. 
True was puzzled. 

"Don t you feel well?" he asked sympathetically. 
"I hope my playing didn t " 

"I d thank you not to call me Irish !" Tom sud 
denly blazed forth. "That s not my name under 
stand?" 

In truth this was the merest pretext for giving 
vent to his annoyance with life in general, for 
"Irish" had been his nickname at school, and as 
"Irish" he was known to all his associates. 

True s sensitive mouth quivered, and he turned 
first white and then a deep red. 

"Oh he stammered, tears coming into his 
eyes. "Oh, Kelly ! I m terribly sorry. I wouldn t 
have said anything to hurt your feelings for the 
world. I supposed you didn t mind being called 



72 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

that. So many fellows like nicknames it seems 
more friendly." 

" Well, I do mind it !" snapped Tom and abruptly 
arose and re-entered his room, leaving True on the 
steps. 

He made himself a cup of hot chocolate over the 
gas-lamp on the wooden wash-stand and, having 
eaten half a dozen soda-crackers, began to feel better. 
Presently, in fact, he felt even better than usual. 
The omission of a Memorial Hall luncheon is cal 
culated to encourage the gastro-intestinal tract and 
in addition Tom had the recuperative powers of 
perfect health. It occurred to him that he had in 
fact treated Peters somewhat shabbily the night 
before and that he ought to go and set himself 
right. After that he would attend the lecture on 
English literature over in Sever Eleven. 

In the bright, lifegiving sunshine, Tom strolled 
down the Yard under the spreading elms toward 
the old stone building at the lower end, known as 
Weld Hall, where Peters had his room. There 
were few people about, as it was not yet two o clock 
nearer half past one, in fact so that he could not 
help noticing a young girl in a dark-blue dress who 
was carrying a violin-case. She was crossing the 
Yard diagonally and Tom, quite naturally, slack 
ened his pace so that their paths might converge 
near Massachusetts Hall. He could not have 
explained why he slowed up to see what the girl in 
blue was like any more than a puppy could explain 
why he turns around a couple of times before he 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 73 

lies down. Wonderful the exuberant spirit of 
youth! Here was Tom tingling to the primordial 
instinct of man when but an hour before he had 
been groaning upon the bed of pain! And since 
the young woman was totally unconscious of his 
approach, his manoeuvre was entirely successful 
and they came abruptly face to face. 

She was nearly as tall as Tom and very slender, 
and her skin had a rich golden tone which softened 
the brilliant, even startling, color of her cheeks. 
She had evidently been thinking, for she raised her 
eyes suddenly and looked straight into his without 
seeming to know that he was there. Aware of his 
presence, she first gave him a look of half -recognition, 
and, then, as if she had found herself in error, blushed 
slightly and hurried on. Tom had a strange feeling 
of having seen those eyes before he could not 
imagine where. He found that his heart was throb 
bing quite excitedly. It was a piquant, alluring 
face, full of flickering lights and shadows. With a 
sensation of almost physical pain he watched her 
disappear around the corner of the building. As 
she did so he fancied that she, too, looked back. He 
felt sure somehow that, in a previous state of exist 
ence perhaps, he had known this tantalizing young 
person. And she too, evidently, had been under a 
similar impression. Dejectedly he walked on. 

The door of Peters s room was unlocked and 
Andy himself was stretched out on the window-seat 
smoking a cigar and reading a paper-covered book, 
which he tossed aside ostentatiously as Tom entered. 



74 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"What you got there?" asked Tom, examining 
the title with respect, it being in French De- 
Maupassant s "Mon Ami." Peters yawned, a 
trifle less cordial than usual. 

"You sort of welched on me last night, didn t 
you?" he inquired. "Have a cigar?" And as 
Tom shook his head he laughed and added: "You 
do look a bit squiffy." 

"It wasn t that," explained Tom, sitting down 
on the window-seat. "The fact of the matter was 
I had such a grouch on I wasn t fit to go around 
with anybody. I felt like a killjoy. I m sorry I 
went back on you. That s why I came over." 

" Oh, forget it ! " said Peters. " I was just as glad 
you didn t come along !" 

His tone, slightly superior, nettled his guest. 

"What do you mean by that?" Tom demanded. 

"You lost your nerve that was plain enough!" 
retorted Peters. "And I don t purpose to be re 
sponsible for any one else s morals." 

The accuracy of Peters s diagnosis was so obvious 
that it left Tom without rejoinder. He had lost his 
nerve. Though he no longer believed in a red-hot 
hell, he regarded the moral code of his mother and 
of her church as of divine origin. The Bible had 
plenty to say about the scarlet woman and wine- 
bibbers among whom were probably included 
drinkers of musty ale. But there was a difference 
between drinking a trifle more than was good for 
the digestion and actual drunkenness. Drunken 
ness was sinful. Musty ale was well, excusable. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 75 

You might have a slight mental reservation in 
accepting all the horrible consequences prophesied 
as certain to fall upon those who broke the law as 
contained in Holy Writ, but something would surely 
happen to you whatever or whenever it might be. 
But of course if there was some mysterious way of 
indulging in sinful pleasures without future retribu 
tion, why ! 

"Well," he answered stubbornly, and lighting his 
pipe for moral support, "supposing I did lose my 
nerve?" 

Peters shrugged his shoulders as if in polite dep 
recation of any possible criticism from him. 

" Nothing," he replied with condescension. " Only 
I thought you were more of a man of the world." 

"Oh, I guess I m enough of a man of the world, all 
right," defiantly answered Tom. Then, lowering his 
voice as if imparting a mysterious secret: "I m not 
such a stick in the mud as you might think !" He 
didn t know himself what he meant by these words 
exactly. But they sounded significant even if vague. 

Peters said nothing. 

"Only," floundered on Tom, "I like to get the 
other fellow s ideas and and that sort of thing, 
first. Don t you suppose a chap has got to pay for 
his good time later on?" 

Peters looked at Tom through lowered eyelids, 
thinking to himself what a holy innocent this big 
boy was. 

"How do you mean?" 

Tom hesitated. 



76 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"Of course, you understand, I don t believe in 
hell that is the regular kind of old-fashioned hell. 
But I do believe in a hereafter don t you?" He 
looked expectantly at Peters. 

"I don t believe in any hereafter any more than 
I believe in any hell," answered the latter shortly. 
"In fact to make a long story short, I don t believe 
in anything except science. Old Darwin put the 
kibosh on all religious rot!" Peters stretched his 
legs comfortably. "You don t go on swallowing 
Jonah and the whale, do you? Or believe that 
Joshua just crossed his fingers and made the sun 
standstill? WeU? 

"God so far as there is any such thing and 
nature are one and the same. Of course you suffer 
for violating nature s laws. You drank too much 
musty last night, I can see it in your eyes. But 
you ve paid already for that enormity. You ve 
got the receipt for it in your pocket. You don t 
suppose that besides having a headache now you 
are going to get soaked over again, at the Day of 
Judgment?" 

"N n no !" admitted Tom. 

"Well, if you want to be happy you d better not. 
Your health s your own, isn t it? If I want to dis 
sipate a little and am willing to pay for it, it s no 
body s business but my own, is it? Why, it s all so 
simple, when you look at it that way !" 

"But the Bible" interrupted Tom nervously. 

"The Bible! Poppycock! Do you pay any 
attention to what the Koran says? Or the Book of 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 77 

Mormon ? Well, there s millions of intelligent people 
believe in them. And they both say you can have as 
many wives as you can pay for !" 

"All the same " began Tom again 

"The trouble with you is that you haven t studied 
these things/ 7 went on Peters now fully aroused to 
the delights of proselyting. "You talk like an old 
woman. You ve got to get your head clear of all 
this Bible stuff. You ve got to start fair. This 
religious business is bunk. Why this very college 
is Unitarian. Well, what s that but free thinking? 
Every wise man believes the same thing, but no 
wise man ever tells what it is. You know what it 
is l nothing? Ha ha ! As soon as you find out 
what every scientific man knows that the only 
suffering in store for you is what you get right here 
and now, and that nobody is going to stand up at 
the last great day and tell the angels all about 
you through a brass trumpet why then you can 
go off and have a good time once in a while without 
worrying about it, because a bit of that sort of thing 
doesn t hurt anybody. A little dissipation is a good 
thing! Isn t the world isn t literature full of the 
joys of wine, women, and song ? You ve outgrown 
Sunday-school, Tommy, my boy. The devil is 
dead !" 

"Well, I m glad to get your point of view," said 
Tom. "I don t see why they don t give courses in 
these things. It seems a whole lot more important 
than studying about the l Romantic Movement. " 

Peters laughed. 



78 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"If they told you the truth, they d tell you the 
same as I do. People aren t frank about these 
things. You can t reconcile science and the dogmas 
of Christian theology. But, don t let me influence 
you. I d hate to feel I d helped send any one to 
1 hell. Just think it over for yourself." 

There was nothing wilfully offensive about 
Peters s expression of his beliefs. If he were right- 
it would certainly roll a huge burden of responsi 
bility off one s shoulders. Peters made God seem 
like an "Old Man of the Sea." He wondered if he 
could bring himself to such a state of mind, in which 
he wouldn t have to think whether he was doing 
right or wrong, so long as he was ready to take the 
immediate consequences. It filled him with a 
strange and unholy excitement. He even pictured 
himself as becoming quite a devil, and had a sneak 
ing desire to get points from Peters "First Steps in 
Deviltry," so to speak. But he was already late 
for his English lecture, as it was. 

"Well, so long !" he said, pausing in the doorway 
to adjust his cap. "We must go in town together 
again some night soon and stay later ! " 



VI 



THE hour was half over before Tom reached Sever 
Hall and tiptoed to his seat; and Mr. Russell, the 
lecturer, was already finishing what he had to say 
about George Meredith. This instructor was popu 
lar with the students for the simple and modest 
manner in which he lectured, for his whimsical 
humor, and for the unconventional way in which he 
expressed his opinions quite fearlessly on any sub 
ject that suggested itself. Russell s colleagues usu 
ally spoke of him rather deprecatingly as " brilliant, 
of course but erratic/ 7 while in Cambridge generally 
he was regarded as something of a "character." 
He was a lank, loose- jointed man with a face bronzed 
by golf and camping, a large mouth and a protrud 
ing jaw toward which bent down in a friendly fashion 
a long crooked nose which gave the face its look of 
determination. His eyes were brown and sur 
rounded by tiny wrinkles, and his whole countenance 
was creased with fine lines, all of which contributed 
to the quizzical smile that seemed to come and go 
of its own accord, and when least expected. 

The eyes of the instructor looked off into space for 
a moment or two as he turned over the pages in his 
note-book, and each student selected a fresh sheet 
of paper and prepared to take down what Mr. 

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Russell should say concerning the next author on 
their list of subjects. But the lecturer, with an 
apologetic smile, leaned back in his chair and 
glanced contemplatively around the room at the two 
hundred expectant faces uplifted to his. 

"I ve been thinking," said he thoughtfully, "that 
the trouble with us professorial folk is that most of 
us forget that our own particular subject isn t the 
axis of education. In my own case the temptation 
to do this is especially dangerous, since literature is 
nothing but the reflection of human life. You 
come to college to be educated, but the only value of 
education is to learn how to live." 

He hesitated, and the familiar smile hovered about 
his mouth for a brief moment. "Come to think of 
it, I don t recall at the moment any particular elec 
tive that is devoted to that subject. Sometime 
perhaps Well, literature, in one way or another, 
records the various answers given by the thinkers 
of all ages to the question of what life is all about 
and how it can best be lived. And in proportion 
as those answers help the race to live, literature is 
really vital not otherwise. Unless it helps us to 
see the true value of things and their relative im 
portance, it is harmful. What profiteth it a man 
if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul ? " 

Mr. Russell seemed almost to be talking to him 
self. Don t set one branch of knowledge above an 
other for knowledge is knowledge and mere 
culture is nothing without a philosophy a religion 
or whatever it is that men live by. Don t make 



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a god of culture. Don t, in studying literature, 
lay too much stress upon what we call style for 
style is only the form and not the substance, and 
form without substance is nothing nothing !" 

He shook his head dreamily. Then he gave an 
almost inaudible chuckle and opened his leather- 
bound notes. 

"And now," he said, "having solved the riddle of 
the universe and put poor old Solomon out of 
business, we will proceed with the course. Our 
next author is Robert Louis Stevenson. There 
was a man who knew how to live, and whose style 
reflected the calm courage of his noble soul. I 
knew him well over in Paris at Barbizon we 
lived for a while in the same cottage and 

A boy coughed and he looked up suddenly at the 
clock. "Five minutes after three! Dear me! 
Well, read Virginibus Puerisque and Memories and 
Portraits/ particularly the essay on The Gentle 
man That is all for to-day." 

Tom waited until most of the class had swarmed 
out of the hall and then approached the lecturer, 
as he picked up his notes, and looked around help 
lessly for his hat. Here, by a marvellous coincidence, 
was just the man he was looking for to whom he 
could confide all his troubles and perplexities social 
and ethical. 

"Excuse me, Mr. Russell," he said, "sometime 
would you mind telling me what books I could read 
that would help me to to have a philosophy of 
life just what you were talking about?" 



82 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Russell paused one leg on the floor and one on 
the platform. There was a deeply troubled look 
on the face of the boy speaking to him. 

"Delighted," he answered cheerily. "Let s see, 
what s your name?" 

"Kelly." 

Mr. Russell examined a heavy, old-fashioned 
timepiece and smiled. 

"You want to settle everything right off, I sup 
pose? That s right! Let s see. I m lecturing at 
Radcliffe at four why not come and have a cup of 
tea about five o clock ? I live over on Appian Way 
you ll find it easy enough." 

"Oh, thank you very much, sir !" cried Tom grate 
fully. "It s awfully good of you to bother about 



me." 



Mr. Russell gazed at him quizzically. 

"What on earth do you think I m here for any 
way ? To make money ? " 

Tom became deeply embarrassed. "Oh, no ! 

he stammered. 

"No," went on the instructor. "I m here try 
ing to find out how to wiggle along myself." 



VII 

THE Russell house on Appian Way stood a few 
feet behind a white picket fence in which there hung 
a gate fastened by a leather loop. Tom found that 
to get in you first unhooked this loop, pushed back 
the gate, and then used a brass knocker. If nothing 
happened you knocked again louder; then you 
heard a grunt and the lecturer himself opened the 
door, smoking a pipe and in his shirt-sleeves. 

"Come in! Glad to see you!" he held out a 
knotty, brown hand and dragged Tom in. 

The house was a queer, chopped-up little place, 
with tiny rooms, low ceilings, and the floors on differ 
ent levels, as if built at various architectural epochs, 
but it was flooded with sunshine and full of warm 
chintz and bright-colored rugs. On the right of 
the diminutive entrance-hall was a small library 
lined from floor to ceiling with books, in which, 
although it was late April, a bright wood-fire 
was blazing. On the mantel lay a row of black 
ened pipes, an old collie dog snoozed audibly on a 
threadbare sheepskin rug before the fireplace, and 
in the window stood a desk piled high with blue 
pamphlets, manuscripts, papers of all kinds and 
stacks of volumes between which were thrust 
"spills" or lighters made of newspaper for markers. 

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84 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

There was a rich odor of tobacco and crumbling 
leather everywhere, an omnipresent sense of com 
fort; and Tom noticed, as Russell forced him down 
into a big leather chair, that his host had on car 
pet slippers. Having offered his visitor his choice of 
a pipe, the professor threw himself into another 
equally large armchair on the other side of the 
collie and examined Tom with good-natured in 
terest. 

"I believe you wanted to find out what it was all 
about, eh? You probably thought from my dis 
jointed outburst this p. M. you had run bump into 
Marcus Aurelius? Well, you haven t. However 
what s troubling you?" 

There was something so kindly, so cheery, so 
hospitable about this lanky pipe smoker that Tom s 
heart warmed to him almost as to a father. Yet, 
at the same time, he had a sudden feeling of em 
barrassment at the idea of complaining about his 
lot to one who really didn t seem to have very much 
more himself, yet who regarded life with such huge 
content. Moreover, his ethical problems in that 
peaceful, happy atmosphere, appeared curiously 
speculative and theoretical. He couldn t imagine 
his host ever having any desire to do those dubious 
things which Peters alleged that everybody did 
or having any question in his mind as to why he 
should pursue one rather than another particular 
course of conduct. He did not appreciate either 
how fully Russell realized that youth is the age of 
fiery temptation, that it is natural that youth should 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 85 

wish to be assured that self-restraint is the ordained 
law of life, that youth is the age of doubt, self- 
consciousness, introspection, egotism. Russell knew 
that the same impulse animated Tom in seeking his 
advice as had animated those hundreds of other 
young men who had entered that same room, seated 
themselves in that same big leather chair, and 
puffed from that same old black brier pipe. He 
knew that that impulse was essentially selfish. 
They all wanted to know the same two things; why 
they ought to behave themselves and why they 
didn t have more fun in college ! 

He could have told Tom exactly what was worry 
ing him had he chosen to do so, but he waited with 
a courteously expectant manner as if his visitor 
were undoubtedly about to propound some wholly 
novel and vitally suggestive problem. As Tom ap 
peared to find it difficult to begin, he endeavored to 
give him a start in what he knew to be the desired 
direction. 

"I suppose you re a bit groggy from the new 
ideas you ve had thrown at you out here?" he ven 
tured. " We all go through it. You re not the only 
one. I was in a very upset state at one time myself. 
But the curious part of it all is that as you go along 
the problems tend to settle themselves every new 
experience of actual life sheds some light on what 
has appeared a dark subject, and by and by the 
shadows are all driven away and there aren t any 
problems left." 

"Yes," answered Tom, finding his tongue at last. 



86 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"But at first they re pretty black there s a sort 
of chaos in a fellow s brain and nothing left to 
hang on to!" 

Mr. Russell nodded sympathetically. 

"In nine cases out of ten that sort of thing is due 
to discontent. A fellow that s fully occupied and 
happy hasn t much time to bother about ethics. 
His instinct tells him what s right and what s wrong 
and that s the end of it for him. But the chap 
who is down on his luck begins to wonder whether 
he hasn t got some fun coming to him in directions 
that he s always been taught to steer clear of to 
ask himself why he shouldn t cut out and have a 
good time just as if there were no ten command 
ments, and a man could raise a thirst. Now, if 
you ll pardon me, I ll hazard the guess that you re 
unhappy about something." 

Tom flushed, perceiving that his host had diag 
nosed his case with psychological accuracy. In 
stantly he responded to the genial encouragement 
of the other to constitute him a father confessor. 

"Yes," he admitted, "I am." Already his 
grudge against life had begun to take on a 
strangely petty aspect. He was almost ashamed 
to go on. 

"What s the trouble?" Russell s voice was like 
an arm thrown around Tom s shoulder. 

"I I m lonely!" the lad burst out, his eyes fill 
ing with tears. 

"Bless my soul!" responded Russell. "How 
curious ! 



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The world is so full of a number of things, 
I think we should all be as happy as kings!" 

"No," said Tom, "it isn t that. I m a sort of 
left-over. I can t seem to get to know the best 
fellows." 

"Which are the best fellows?" 

"I mean the popular ones that everybody likes ! 
I don t know any of them. And I haven t any way 
to get to know them. I d like to join a club, but I 
won t have the chance. I feel left out that s the 
long and short of it." 

"Well," answered Russell, "I don t suppose you 
expect to make a career of society?" 

"Hardly," said Tom with such grimness that 
Russell could not help laughing. 

"Look here!" remarked his host with sudden 
severity. "I guess I ll have to give you a regular 
talking to ! You promise not to mind ? Take 
another pipe of tobacco. The fact is that your 
point of view is all cock-eyed. Here you are, 
healthy, strong, sound as a drum in every way 
eating like a river-horse, I ll bet with enough vi 
tality in you to drag a horse-car life all before you 
all its richest experiences ahead with four years of 
extraordinary opportunity at your elbow com 
plaining growling, pardon me because you don t 
happen to know a few dozen men who have elected 
each other into what they call a club. Don t you 
see what an absurdity it is ? How you overempha 
size a fact of only the most trivial importance? 



88 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

You ve come out here, presumably, to get an educa 
tion to be brought out of yourself to learn what 
you are and how to get along in this great flux that 
we call the world. Well, you don t expect this 
university which is a part of the world to be 
different from the rest of it, do you ? Or, if so, why 
do you? If you were living in New York or Boston 
would you expect the Four Hundred to take you to 
their bosoms? Of course not! You haven t any 
more right to be taken into a club her e than you have 
there. You re like the fellow that thinks because 
he s been born a member of the human race he ought 
to be given a fur overcoat and a package of meal 
tickets. You ve got to pull your weight here and 
outside. You have to take life as you find it. You 
have no right to demand anything, and you ought 
to be thankful for everything you ve got. Do you 
realize that you cost the college about three times 
what you pay in tuition fees? That you re an 
object of charity?" 

"No I had no idea of it!" answered Tom in 
genuine surprise. 

"Well, it s true!" retorted his host. "You re 
getting something for nothing and you owe a debt 
of honor to the men who have gone before you and 
made your present educational opportunities possi 
ble. That s what it means to be admitted into 
The Fellowship of Educated Men. Some dead 
man has paid your entrance-fee! And it s a deal 
better than getting into any social club, where like 
as not all you d do would be to lie around and tell 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 89 

stories or play cards. You ought to be thinking 
about what you can do for the university, not about 
whether you re getting every last thing that is com 
ing to you out of the college ! " 

" That s true, too !" said Tom rather sheepishly. 

"Of course it s hard to see other fellows having 
what you imagine is a high old time while you re 
being left out. But you re going to see that all your 
life. You ve got to begin by draining the jealousy 
out of your system if you expect to be happy. And 
then you ve got to make up your mind what you 
want out of life and go after it. Do you want to 
go around with a lot of rich men? Do you want a 
yacht and a palace at Newport?" 

"Oh, I shouldn t mind," said Tom with a forced 
laugh. 

The rugged face of his mentor grew stern. 

"If they came in the ordinary course were in 
cidents in a useful life well enough perhaps. But 
let me tell you something ! The law of life is strug 
gle change development! Man finds his highest 
happiness in activity, achievement, creative work, 
self-expression. The idle have no true happiness. 
Those who seek happiness never find it except in 
so far as they work for it. As my friend James over 
on Harvard Street says : It isn t what we have, but 
what we are. The silver cup a fellow gets for 
winning a race isn t anything in itself. It s only a 
symbol. It shows he s the kind of a fellow that can 
win a race. And it s the same way with money and 
material possessions of all sorts valueless except so 



90 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

far as they are the indicia of service. Forget all 
about your religious, theological, and ethical specu 
lations for a while and stick to that idea. God has 
put into us this vital spark of energy to labor 
to accomplish. Go to it ! 

"Just as you owe this old college a debt you can 
never repay in dollars, so you owe society in the 
larger sense a still greater obligation. Did you ever 
stop to think of what you owe the men who died in 
the Rebellion ? To the followers of science who have 
sacrificed their lives for your physical well-being 
for, in fact, the very continuance of your life ? Why 
did they do so ? In response to that instinct within 
us all call it conscience or what you will that 
drives us on to struggle for the betterment of the 
race and incidentally to find in that struggle our 
own salvation " 

The light had faded from the windows and the 
fire shone upon the teacher s angular features, giving 
them a new and striking dignity. He bowed his 
head for a moment and seemed lost in memory. 

A log in the fireplace snapped and a molten globule 
of incandescence fell upon the hearth. The collie 
sighed deeply, yawned, stretched his fore legs and 
slowly arose. Then he pricked his ears forward 
and trotted to the door. There was the sound of a 
latch-key and of light footsteps in the hall 

"Well, father! Dreaming as usual?" asked a 
cheerful voice. 

Mr. Russell started and looked up. 

" Hello, sis ! You re late, aren t you ? Come in ! " 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 91 

In the doorway stood the girl in blue. The 
shadows cast by the fire upon her face brought out 
subtle mysteries of line and curve unrevealed by the 
afternoon light of the Yard. Her cheeks had flushed 
rose-red and her eyes, though still laughing, were 
clouded with a sudden touch of embarrassment. 
She stood poised upon the threshold, one arm resting 
against the door and the other clasping her violin- 
case to her breast. 

"My daughter Mr. Mr. I beg your par 
don, what did you say your name was!" asked 
Mr. Russell for the second time. 

Tom had climbed quickly to his feet and stood 
staring at the vision in the doorway. Shades of 
the Bacchante, of Diana, of Semiramis, of the 
Madonna ! It was she ! 

"Kelly!" he blurted out, his muscles atremble, 
"Tom Kelly." 

The girl smiled and nodded. Then unexpectedly 
she knitted her brows and gave him a long, quizzi 
cal, searching look. 

"I m glad to meet you, Mr. Tom Kelly," she said, 
"but I ve met you before!" 

Her voice was low with a vibrant quality like her 
father s. 

"You ll never guess where !" 



VIII 

"No!" challenged the girl with the violin, with 
difficulty maintaining her position in the door 
way against the assaults of the collie, "you Get 
down, Gerald ! Down, sir ! You don t remem 
Dad, please call him off! Don t you remember 
pew-teeth ? " 

"Pew-teeth!" 

Through the dimming firelight, as through the 
mists of the long-forgotten past, Tom had a glimpse 
of an elfin, childish face rising unexpectedly to his 
over the high back of a mahogany pew. 

"Evelyn !" he ejaculated. 

"That s me ! " she laughed. "Only how you ve 
grown! " 

"What gibberish are you two talking?" inter 
rupted Russell. " Pew-teeth 7 What on earth are 
pew-teeth ?" 

Evelyn placed her violin-case on the desk and 
gave Tom her hand. 

"Don t you remember, dad when you were 
teaching in the high-school in Boston how we went 
to St. Agnes s and I used to climb up and hang by 
my teeth to the top of the pew?" 

"Why, yes ! So you did ! " he replied with a remi 
niscent laugh. "And you called em pew- teeth !" 

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THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 93 

"So did Mr. Kelly only he wasn t Mr. Kelly 
then," his daughter continued. "We used to be 
rivals for head of the class at the primary school, 
too. We ve known each other ten years and over ! 
Only I never knew his full name/ she added. "He 
was just Tom. " 

The tall clock in the hall struck six at that moment. 

"If you expect any supper to-night, dad," she 
went on, "I ll have to leave you. Eliza s out and 
it s my evening in the kitchen." 

"Why shouldn t Mr. Kelly stop and take pot-luck 
with us?" inquired her father. 

"He should, if he s willing to run the risk," an 
swered Evelyn. "He can have canned soup, canned 
corned beef, canned baked beans, canned anything 
almost except canned eggs and bacon. I believe 
I ve even got a sausage tucked away somewhere." 

"Well, let s go out and have a look !" said Russell. 
" Come on, and inspect the larder!" 

Evelyn led the way to a spotless pantry con 
taining a dwarf ice-chest, the door of which Russell 
threw open with an assumption of voracity. 

"There s that sausage !" he announced. "You re 
in luck, sir only it s a small one. I generally get 
away with half a dozen! But what s all this? 
Chops ! And boiled potatoes, ready for frying ! 
And why shouldn t I step over to the baker s and 
bring home a pie?" 

"That s a good little dad !" declared his daughter. 
"Get a real old-fashioned squash pie for fifteen 
cents ! Don t let that baker give you a stale one, 



94 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

either ! He s equal to it, even if he does go to the 
Episcopal Church on Brattle Street!" 

In what seemed to Tom an incredibly short space 
of time he was invited to sit down in the Russell s 
white-painted dining-room to a meal consisting 
of soup, scrambled eggs and bacon (including the 
single sausage laid out in royal state), broiled chops 
and fried potatoes, toast, salad, pie, crackers, cheese, 
and coffee. Evelyn hovered between the kitchen 
and her seat at the head of the table, and they all 
waited on themselves. 

Tom s acquaintance with women, apart from his 
early and now almost forgotten experiences with his 
mother s female relatives, had been small. From 
time to time he had had amatory passages with 
various small girls in the summer vacations, which 
at first had consisted chiefly in showing his interest 
in them by an excessive roughness of manner and 
brusqueness of speech. Later on his imagination 
had fallen a victim to one or two unwholesome, 
hollow-eyed, sentimental, Bronte-like young ladies, 
to whom he had not had the audacity to disclose 
his feelings and whom he speedily forgot. 

That he could meet a wholly natural contemporary 
of the opposite sex, who combined the beauty of a 
girl out of a portrait by Lawrence or Romney, with 
the vivacity, charm, and good sense of the heroine 
of a novel, seemed incredible. That sort of thing he 
had supposed was reserved for fellows who lived on 
Beacon Street or Commonwealth Avenue. It was 
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Tom had never been in any house before per 
vaded by such an atmosphere of gayety. If only 
his own home had been like that! If only every 
home could be like it! Everything was a joke, 
and somehow whenever Evelyn spoke she seemed 
to laugh yet without laughing. Tom could hardly 
keep his eyes from her face. Could this glorious 
young person be the little elf that had marched 
with him in the public school? 

"Let me help," urged Tom, when Evelyn at the 
end of the meal began to pile up the dishes. 

"I m afraid you d break our priceless earthen 
ware," she retorted. "I paid fifteen dollars for 
one hundred and twenty pieces !" 

" Let her alone ! " admonished her father. " She ll 
probably leave them for Eliza to wash up." 

But Evelyn did nothing of the kind and while 
she washed the dishes in the pantry, Tom and Mr. 
Russell from where they sat smoking before the 
library fire could hear her singing. 

"She ll never let anybody else wash up for her," 
said Tom s host, "and there s nothing she enjoys 
more than cooking and working with her hands. 
We all do really if we give ourselves the chance 
it s the jack-knife instinct in the boy. One reason 
so many women are discontented these days, in 
my opinion, is because they are deprived of the 
feeling of accomplishment! They never do any 
thing. They read a little, walk a little, and eat 
and talk a great deal, but they never make any 
thing the way their grandmothers did. And as 



96 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

the creative instinct is the strongest element in our 
natures they must necessarily feel the lack of some 
thing in their lives. And this makes them first un 
happy and then disagreeable, and there are all sorts 
of domestic difficulties." 

The sound of the knocker at the front door in 
terrupted what might otherwise have degenerated 
into a moral discourse. 

"Hello there!" shouted Russell without getting 
up from where he sat. "Let yourself in! This 
ain t no grand house !" 

The door opened and Frank True hobbled into 
the hall and hung up his cap. 

"Good evening, Mr. Russell," he said. "I hope 
I m not too early !" 

Then, seeing Tom, he held out his hand with a 
shade of embarrassment. "Why, hello, Kelly!" 

Tom, feeling very much ashamed of himself for 
his conduct earlier in the afternoon, took the thin 
hand in a warm, strong grasp. 

"Hello, old man!" he answered. "I acted like 
a chump this noon hope you ll forgive me. I had 
a rotten grouch!" 

"That s aU right!" smiled True. "We all get 
those fits sometimes. And I was really very thought 
less. Let s forget it. Where s Evelyn?" 

"Here I am!" she answered, appearing in the 
doorway with her violin. "How are you, Frank? 
It s fine to have you come over this way. What 
do you say? Shall we begin our concert right off? 
Come along to the music-room, Mr. Kelly." 



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They followed her through a door leading out 
of the dining-room to a trellised passage connected 
with a small house evidently once used for the 
storage of wood or as a tool-shed. Like the rest of 
the establishment it was on a reduced scale, but 
the floor had been relaid with hard pine, and the 
walls freshly painted. At one end stood an upright 
piano and beside it a music-stand, while on the wall 
were arranged shelves full of music. A few easy 
chairs and a table with a jar of tobacco gave an 
air of hospitality to this Temple of Arts. 

"Keep your pipe!" directed Russell. "We can 
open the window if necessary." 

It was evident that True was on an intimate 
footing in the house and that both Evelyn and her 
father were very fond of him, and now as the girl 
tuned her fiddle and chatted familiarly to the crip 
pled boy at the piano Tom suddenly experienced a 
feeling of jealousy. Was it could it be possible 
that this beautiful creature could be in love with 
that little shrivelled fellow ? How her eyes sparkled 
when she talked to him ! And they seemed to have 
a kind of language of their own a language incom 
prehensible to him about inversions, chromatics, 
diminished sevenths, and all sorts of things per 
taining to this common art, that made him feel 
more left out than ever. Even the music did not 
sooth his growing unhappiness. He had found the 
only girl in the world, simply to lose her again! 
And to whom? 

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98 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Evelyn and her father came to the door with 
them. Overhead the sky above the newly budding 
elms was brilliant with low-hanging stars, scintillat 
ing in the soft humid air. The subtle mystery of 
the spring night was all about them. The very 
earth seemed pregnant with the possibilities of the 
future. 

"Good night, Frank!" said Russell heartily, as 
he stood by the picket fence. "Good night, Kelly. 
Come around as often as you like." 

Evelyn gave each of the boys her hand across 
the gate. 

"Good-by, Frank! Good-by, Mr. Kelly!" 

The distinction was like a knife in Tom s soul. 
In silence the two Freshmen walked toward the 
Yard. 

"Russell s a fine chap !" Tom at length remarked. 

"He s a great gentleman!" responded True, 
with deep enthusiasm. 

"And Miss Russell" began Tom. 

"Kelly!" cried the cripple fervently, "she s the 
most wonderful girl in the whole world !" 

Tom bit his lips in the darkness. It was true, 
then! 

At the entrance of Thayer Hall True paused in 
dragging his withered leg up the steps. 

"Say, old man!" he said warmly, "do you 
mind if I call you Tom ? Let s be friends 
shall we?" 

And he held out his hand. 

"Why sure!" answered our hero, but in the 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 99 

darkness of the shadows cast by the great trees 
the other could not see his rather bitter smile. It 
was all part of the same luck. He had been left 
out again that was all. 



IX 



THE influences moulding Tom Kelly s character 
during the next three years were as varied as in the 
case of most collegians. At Mr. Russell s sugges 
tion he took a course or two in ethics and philoso 
phy, attended the lectures of James and Royce, 
and if he did not succeed in crystallizing his own 
ideas on these subjects he at least came to recognize 
the fact that there was more in the unknown than 
Peters would have had him believe. At any rate, he 
steered straight, and escaped many of the incidents 
of a collegian s career that prove a profound regret in 
after-life. At the age of twenty-two Tom remained, 
as he had started, a clean, straightforward fellow 
of simple and frugal tastes who was trying 
moderately hard to do well at his studies and who, 
in spite of the excellent reasoning of Mr. Russell, 
was wretchedly disappointed at the lack of recogni 
tion he received from his classmates. There did 
not seem to be any means available by which he 
could make new friends. He would now have readily 
gone more than half-way, but no way presented it 
self. With the exception of the fellows he occa 
sionally met in True s room, he revolved round and 
round like the " Devil among the Tailors," he told 

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himself in the same old crowd of Holden, Cryder, 
Ricker, J. Walton-Smith, and Peters. 

More and more except for the Russells his 
college life seemed but a vain repetition of lectures, 
examinations, and Sundays in Boston. Unques 
tionably it was dull. Unquestionably he was not 
given the chance to make friends among his own 
classmates offered to-day by the admirable system 
of Freshman dormitories. Twenty years ago things 
were different and Tom may have had some cause 
to complain that the college world was by no means 
an ideal democracy. Thus for three years he lived 
largely on the surface-cars between Cambridge 
and his home in Boston almost as a sort of day- 
scholar or boarder at the university, the victim of 
a constant sense of exclusion which caused an 
abiding resentment in his soul and a touch of grim 
defiance in his manner toward his associates. And 
then, by what seemed the merest accident, in the 
spring of his junior year all was changed and a 
new world opened before his eyes. 

"For heaven s sake, Irish ! How d you do 
that?" 

Joe Cryder waved helplessly at a ball which, 
coming apparently straight from Tom s racket, 
had, on striking the court, jumped outward and 
upward at an utterly absurd and impossible angle. 
"Nobody could get a serve like that!" he yelled 
in disgust, racing in pursuit of the ball which had 
rolled half-way across Jarvis field. 



102 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"I don t know exactly," answered Tom. "I 
just stumbled onto it. It isn t difficult. You hold 
your racket like that, and serve with a right hand, 
instead of a left hand, cut. Try it." 

He picked the ball up easily with his racket and 
tossed it to Cryder. His short-sleeved shirt with 
rolling collar open at the neck, and his duck trousers 
belted tight around his waist, displayed to ad 
vantage the lithe grace of his muscular figure. 

"I couldn t do it to save my neck," protested 
Cryder. "Do it again, will you?" 

Tom took the ball in his left hand and, tossing 
it high in air, waited calmly for it to reach a selected 
spot in its descent, and then delivered a smashing 
blow, striking it about eighteen inches above his 
head. A peculiar phenomenon occurred. The ball, 
instead of pursuing a direct course across the net, 
shot like a cannon-ball in a swift curve to the left, 
struck the ground with a terrific impact and bounded 
at an acute angle in quite the opposite direction, 
whirring like a partridge and assuming a grotesque 
egg shape. 

"It is funny, isn t it?" admitted Tom with mod 
esty. "I only got hold of it by accident. But any 
body could do it." 

Cryder shook his head. 

"Don t you be a fool, Irish/" he admonished. 
"You keep that serve to yourself absolutely under 
your shirt, see? and you ll be able to beat any 
body you run up against. You know 7 almost got 
into the class semi-finals last spring and I can t 



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touch that serve at all ! And you can do it every 
time! Have you entered, yet?" 

"Yes, I put my name down just for fun and to 
get the practice," said Tom, who had never re 
garded himself as particularly expert. In the last 
few weeks, however, he had had as he expressed 
it a "burst," hitting the ball with such accuracy 
and speed that men with whom he had played about 
on a par before, could not now take more than a 
game or two from him in a set. He had always 
had a natural "Lawford," and constant practice 
had given him perfect co-ordination of eye and 
muscle together with the ability to place any ball 
he could reach at all, very nearly where he wished 
to put it in his opponent s court, but he had never 
expected to become anything more than what he 
called "a first-class second-class player." A couple 
of weeks before, however, he had "blown" himself 
to a new racket of exactly the proper weight and 
carefully fitted to his hand, and was astonished at 
his own powers. And then one afternoon he had 
discovered the "egg serve." 

"Do you really think I ve got a chance?" he 
asked Cryder as they walked back in the gathering 
twilight to the Yard. 

"Chance? Why, Irish/ if I had a hundred 
dollars I d put it on you, in a minute, for class 
champion. I don t believe Derby, even if he is so 
quick, could return a single ball. You ll take every 
service game on aces. You see. Only keep that 
serve out of sight until the right time. Tell you 



104 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

what we can go over to that old dirt court back 
of Bracebridge Hall and practise, where no one ll 
see us ! Nobody ever uses it and, when the tourna 
ment comes off, you can just spring it on em!" 

Tom had a suspicion, which he hardly dared to 
recognize as a belief, that what Cryder said was 
true, and every afternoon he and Joe retired to the 
old dirt court and prepared for the coming contest 
by serving to each other every conceivable kind of 
devilish ball under the most awkward of conditions. 
When the tournament opened Tom found that he 
had not the slightest difficulty in defeating all his 
early opponents and reaching the semi-finals in 
which he drew Joe Cryder as an antagonist. 

A large number of the class had assembled on 
the benches to watch the finish of the tournament. 
The day was hot and clear, with no wind, the courts 
dry. Joe grinned at Tom as they tossed for serve. 

"Watch em sit up," he chuckled, "when you 
spring the egg on me!" 

Tom ran his eye along the lines of spectators, 
but saw comparatively few that he recognized. 
Little Frank True was there with a group of 
"Woolsack" men, and he nodded to Tom and 
called out "good luck!" 

Cryder won the toss and took the serve. He had 
a speedy ball, well under control, but his lobs were 
apt to be wild and his net work was slow. Tom 
took the first set six-four without using the 
"egg." The second set he pushed Cryder harder 
and let him have only two games, and in the last 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 105 

played his best and took six love games with smash 
ing cross-courts and line shots. He still "had the 
egg under his shirt" as he leaped over the net and 
grabbed Cryder s hand, while the men on the benches 
clapped and cheered. Tom felt a thrill of genuine 
excitement. It was the first notice he had received 
from his fellows, the first time he individually had 
been brought to their attention. Little Frank True 
limped up and was the first to congratulate him. 

"Great work, Tom, old man!" he cried. "Hope 
you re not too tired!" for by agreement the finals 
were to be played off immediately. 

Derby had won his match easily six-three, six- 
five, six-three. He was expected to defeat Tom, 
who was a "dark horse," without difficulty, but he 
found his new antagonist a surprising opponent. 
They each played steadily, and took alternate 
games, until Tom drove his man to the back of 
the court and held him there helpless thus win 
ning the set. Derby, astonished at Tom s speed 
and accuracy, came back with grim determination 
and by brilliant playing took the next two sets 
six-four, six-five. The pace, however, was too fast 
for him, and Tom won the fourth set six-three. 
Each had now won two sets. The crowd of lookers- 
on had rapidly increased, for word had gone round 
that a great match was being "pulled off" and that 
a new "wonder" had appeared in the shape of a 
hitherto practically unknown member of the class 
named Kelly "Irish." Boys who had never heard 
of him before at once began to refer to him fa- 



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miliarly by this nickname, and yelled from the 
bleachers : 

"Go it, Irish ! " "Soak it to him, Irish, old 
boy!" 

A couple of hundred upper classmen sauntered 
across from the baseball field and a bunch of law- 
school men, disturbed over their case-books by the 
cheering and clapping, joined the spectators. 

"Play!" called the umpire, and Tom and Derby 
stepped out upon the court for the final struggle. 
The sun was low over the elms on Harvard Street, 
across the green field came faintly the distant clang 
of electric cars, and the fresh smell of the moist 
turf. Tom calmly tightened his belt. He felt lean 
and hard as a race-horse. He knew he was going 
to win could win without the "egg," if need be! 
Youth was singing in his heart. He wanted to 
laugh, to turn a few handsprings, to shout at the 
crowds on the benches: "You see, I m not such a 
lemon after all ! " Such is the resiliency of youth 
the more you tax it the more it draws upon its eter 
nal spring. Each time it is downed it gains new vi 
tality from mother earth. And because he knew he 
had the match in his hand and wasn t "such a lemon 
after all," at the very first ball he proceeded to slip 
on the side-lines and wrench his left arm so that he 
ground his teeth in anguish. 

Derby took the first game. He was coming back 
strong fighting for his title. Tom pulled out the 
second game with a brilliant cannon-ball service, 
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and fourth. Some of the crowd strolled away think 
ing that it was all over. Derby now felt assured 
of victory. He had found himself able to take care 
of Tom s service, powerful and accurate though it 
was, and he looked across to the benches and nodded 
to a group of his friends as if to say: "It s all right, 
now. Watch me polish him off !" 

It was Tom s serve, and Derby took his stand 
five feet back of his service line, intending to return 
with a Lawford down the alley. He saw Tom toss 
the ball in the air and saw his racket flashing in a 
queer, unnatural swing. The ball shot at him in a 
swiftly dropping parabola, veering into the right- 
hand corner of the court. He stepped back to take 
it. But the ball, on striking the ground, hummed 
like a gigantic top and shot high across the court 
at an opposite angle. Dazed, he walked slowly to 
the other side. Again Tom s racket swung, again 
the swift drop and the sideways leap. Twice more 
it happened. 

"Game love!" called the umpire. "The games 
are now three- two Derby leads." 

Nobody on the benches knew just what had 
happened or was happening. They saw the cham 
pion waving wildly or standing in helpless impo 
tence while the balls rolled untouched against the 
back net. So confused was he that he lost his 
own service, bringing the games to a tie three all. 
Once more Tom served, and again using the "egg" 
took a love game. Derby, becoming rattled at his 
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the back of the court, and swiftly lost the two last 
games still wondering what occult powers Tom 
possessed. 

"Game match tournament!" shouted the um 
pire. "Mr. what s his name? wins !" 

"Kelly s the name!" remarked Tom as he shook 
hands with his shamefaced opponent. 

There was a great burst of applause. Some one 
shouted: "Three cheers for Irish M" And they 
were given heartily. The fellows were all about 
him now, wringing his hand and praising his play; 
and, in spite of the burning pain in his left arm, he 
felt the supremest happiness of his life the exal 
tation of successful physical achievement. Joe 
Cryder was there helping him into a borrowed polo 
coat, and in an admiring circle at his elbow stood 
Holden, Ricker, Peters, and Smith. Then he heard 
little Frank True saying: 

"Congratulations, old man! Raymond Dwight 
wants to be introduced. Says he s never met you." 

"I don t mind!" answered the hero of the mo 
ment, and without a thought turned from the friends 
about him and sought the Companionship of the 
Great. 

Ten days later Tom won the college champion 
ship, by what in after-years he was accustomed to 
describe as a "trick" the "egg." 



X 

IN a softly lighted room, in which a sea-coal fire 
glowed beneath a mantel supporting a row of an 
cient pewter mugs and illuminated a choice collec 
tion of rare old sporting prints upon the walls, a 
group of young men were lounging in leather chairs, 
with the easy self-confidence that comes to those 
who have " arrived" somewhere, at least for the 
time being. All were carefully dressed and all, 
with few exceptions, spoke in an abrupt, clipped Bos- 
tonese, only marred occasionally by the flat "a" 
of the eastern counties of New England. The at 
mosphere was one of well-being and good-breed 
ing, and their attitude toward one another that 
of studied courtesy, which obviously included over 
looking each other s failings, moral or otherwise. 
With a couple of dozen other men they were the 
social dictators of their college class. They knew 
that the world, of the university at any rate, was 
their oyster and it tasted exceedingly good to them. 
And because they felt themselves responsible for 
the social tone of their year at Harvard they took 
themselves seriously and regarded the selection of 
another to enter their sacred circle as a matter of 
the highest importance, and worthy of profound 
consideration. 

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It was the autumn following Tom s sensational 
appearance upon the athletic horizon, and it was 
none other than he who was the subject of their 
informal deliberations. 

"Of course, Kelly isn t exactly the type of fellow 
you d want to invite to spend a week with you in 
the summer," muttered Howard Catherwood, sotto 
voce, to one of his intimates named Pennington as 
he inserted a fresh cigarette into a slender meer 
schaum holder. "Nobody ever heard of a c Kelly 
in any club here in Cambridge." 

But his remark was overheard and brought swift 
retribution. 

"There s Cold-Roast Boston for you!" dis 
gustedly retorted Allyn Scott, who in appearance 
was not unlike Tom s erstwhile friend Peters and 
whose narrow face also showed unmistakable signs 
of dissipation. "My dear, impeccable young snob, 
there are plenty of smart people in New York 
named Kelly, and everybody knows the Kellys of 
Paris. There have been all sorts of Kellys in clubs 
out here and elsewhere. You ve only heard of 
1 Slide, Kelly, Slide ! There are others ! " 

"Well," laughed Dick Crowninshield, the bronzed 
Hercules who stroked the varsity, "why not be 
the ones to make the name of Kelly famous? In 
honoring Kelly, perhaps we shall honor ourselves." 

"I should say Kelly was famous enough already," 
said Raymond Dwight, a curly-haired Bostonian 
whose presidency of the class had been foreordained 
almost as soon as his sex had been definitely as- 



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certained at birth. "A man can t win the university 
tennis championship, and defeat a half-dozen first- 
class players without being moderately famous. 
The cracks say that Kelly is a comer/ and will be 
the national champion in a few years, if he keeps on." 

"But of course we don t want to take a man just 
because he s a good athlete," protested Lawrence 
West, a serious-minded youth from Beacon Street 
who was an expert on Whistler, and did excellent 
water-color sketches. "He may be quite impos 
sible in other ways." 

"Oh, Kelly s all right," announced the fair- 
minded and generous Dwight. "I d bank on Frank 
True s opinion every time. He says Kelly s a fine 
chap. He s rather hard up, but he comes of good 
people, and he just happened to get in with a rather 
cheap bunch when he first came here. It s a mis 
take, in my opinion, to pick fellows for the club 
that are all just alike. I m for giving him a 
chance." 

"I don t see any need of our taking any chance," 
growled Sam Pennington, whose father was a New 
York banker. "The burden of proof is on him. 
Just because he can whack a tennis-ball around 
isn t any reason for taking him into a social club. 
We re responsible for him as soon as he s one of 
us. What s the use?" 

Pennington was a notorious "stand-patter," al 
though this quality in him was otherwise described 
by his associates, the word not having been in 
vented at this period. The other boys called him 



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"conservative," which, after all, is more polite. 
Conservative he was, to a degree. His gospel was 
to "play safe," to put your social "talent" in a 
basket and there carefully to preserve it. He was 
short, with a cherubic face, and gave an impression 
of sleekness " fat and well-liking" to use the bibli 
cal equivalent, and he believed that if you were 
well off it paid to let yourself alone. He had rosy 
cheeks, clear, cold gray eyes, and conveyed an in 
describable atmosphere of calm opulence. "Knew 
how to handle himself," his clubmates all said of 
Pennington, meaning by this that he knew "when 
to stop." 

"If our friend Sam had originated this blooming 
institution," drawled Scott, "there d be only one 
member, wouldn t there, Sammy old horse?" 

Pennington deigned no reply. 

"Take him in, if you want to," he said in an 
impersonal sort of way, as if, having given such 
counsel as seemed to him wise, his responsibility 
were ended. 

"Darn well-built fellow!" put forth Crownin- 
shield. "Looks like that statue in <U. 5 of the 
Greek chap throwing a piece of hardtack or what 
ever it is." 

Lawrence West gave one of his mild rare laughs. 

"Hardtack!" he repeated. "Hardtack! Ha, 
ha! I suppose you mean the cestus. : 

"I beg your pardon," hastened Crowninshield 
in mock apology. "Is that what they called it? 
I always thought it was hardtack " 



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"Oh, shut up, Dick!" interrupted Catherwood. 
"What s that got to do with this election? That 
statue isn t named Kelly. And it s not the cestus 
thrower either it s the discus thrower." 

"Ho ho!" shouted Scott, kicking his legs in 
the air. "A battle between the giants! What 
price discus ? What odds on cestus ? " 

"Quit your noise, won t you!" ordered Dwight. 
"Now we re on the subject who knows anything 
against Kelly or for him?" 

There was a rapid fire of assault and eulogy. 

"How is his head swelled?" 

"No more than Dick s ! Eh, Dick?" 

"We need some new blood." 

"Then just wait till Kelly lands his egg on 
your nose!" 

"Appoint a committee to look him over." 

"Wish True were here he d tell us more about 
him " 

At about this moment True did appear. He 
was panting from the exertion of limping so fast 
in his iron brace, and his face was white. In fact 
the pain in his thigh was well-nigh insupportable. 
But he smiled through compressed lips at the af 
fectionate chorus which greeted his appearance. 

"Here s the doctor!" exclaimed Scott. "Now 
we ll get a first-hand diagnosis. What s the matter 
with Kelly ?" 

True looked inquiringly around the circle. He 
could see that all was not well with his candidate. 
He had come to have a genuine affection for Tom, 



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admiring his honesty and frankness of speech, and 
enjoying his occasional flashes of humor. He had 
made repeated, although unsuccessful, attempts 
during the preceding two years to have Tom taken 
into the club, but he had persisted in his endeavor 
with a dogged determination, confident that, if 
Tom were only known to these men, they would 
be glad to include him in their circle. He knew 
that, with a few exceptions, they were at bottom 
simple and democratic and glad to recognize ability 
and character, but he knew also their fatal dislike 
of taking issue with one another, of seeming "to 
care," of insisting upon their own opinions in a 
word their moral inertia. He saw at once that 
the fight would be with Pennington and Cather- 
wood. 

"We can t afford not to take Kelly," he said with 
firmness, "because if we don t when we know 
what a corker he is it would stamp us for a lot 
of snobs." 

"Hear! Hear!" interjected Scott, whose family 
were the most arrogant in the New York Social 
Register. He chuckled to himself at True s astute 
method of attack. 

"The fact is," went on Tom s sponsor, "that 
the clubs out here are getting a bad name for just 
that reason. We do the best we can, of course, but 
what chance have we got to find out the really fine 
chaps from out West and down South." 

"Lemons most of em!" remarked Catherwood, 
again under his breath. 



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"We re three feet wide but only an inch thick/ 
continued True. "We bore each other stiff often 
enough talking about the same dances, the same 
people, the same summer resorts, the same drinks, 
the same girls. Personally I d like a little relief 
from Newport and the North Shore. I d like a 
whiff of Puget Sound or the Gulf of Mexico." 

"What s Kelly a whiff of?" inquired Penning- 
ton innocently. 

There was a subdued laugh. 

"I ll tell you!" True turned on him. "He s a 
whiff of the salt air of the old Boston whose citizens 
threw their tea into the harbor rather than pay 
English duty! He s the same whiff that George 
the Third got in his nose in 1775. But he s more 
than that. He s a bully good chap that s had a 
hard row to hoe, not so much on account of what 
he didn t have as what he did have. He was born, 
as he says, on the wrong side of the street. He s 
come from behind, but he s jumped to the front, 
and he s going to be the greatest tennis player this 
country ever produced. Why, if we didn t take 
him in, they d say it was because his name was 
Kelly !" 

"That s right!" cried out half a dozen of his 
auditors. " They would, too !" 

"Bully for Frank!" exclaimed Scott. "What 
have you got to say, Pennington?" 

The latter shrugged his shoulders. 

"They might say that," he answered quietly. 
"I ve no objection to taking him in, if " 



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Suddenly True, who had been clinging rigid to 
the arms of his chair, fell heavily backward. 

"By God! Water!" cried Dwight. "Frank s 
fainted. Send for old Doc. Wheeler !" 

They loosened True s collar and wheeled him 
to the window, but it was several minutes before 
he opened his eyes. When Dr. Wheeler finally ar 
rived he placed the lad in his buggy and drove 
him over to the dormitory, where Dwight and 
Crowninshield carried him up-stairs and laid him 
in bed. 

"I m coming round to-morrow to give you a 
talking to, young man!" he said severely, before 
leaving. "And you must promise to lie right here 
until I come. You fellows look after him. I shall 
hold you responsible." 

The two big men sat awkwardly by the bedside 
for a long time while True lay there with closed 
eyes apparently asleep. Suddenly he said in a 
whisper: "Did Tom get in?" 

"That s all right, Frankie, old man!" answered 
Crowninshield cheerfully. "He s as good as in. 
If that little saphead of a Sam makes any trouble 
I ll take him out and stick him under the pump." 

"Don t worry," added Dwight. "Kelly s got to 
get in ! That s all there is to it !" 

So Kelly "got in" at last. 



XI 

ONE evening, about ten days later, Tom was 
sitting alone in his jaundice-colored room grinding 
for his first-hour examination in economics. For a 
week or so after winning the college championship 
the previous spring he had lived in a rose-colored 
world and then, as nothing further had happened, 
he had relapsed into his erstwhile disgruntled state. 
After such a dazzling experience it had been un 
speakably dull for him to be obliged to join his 
mother on her annual junket to the White Moun 
tains, and that year the boarding-houses had seemed 
even more dreary than usual. 

With a relief that was almost a joy he returned 
to Cambridge to find, apparently, nothing changed. 
His success had made no difference. He was now 
a prominent figure in college athletics and yet there 
was not an additional door open to him. Of course, 
Mr. Russell and Evelyn had shown pleasure at his 
achievements, but his mother had felt it her duty 
to conceal any satisfaction which she may have 
felt, and had merely expressed the hope that it 
wouldn t turn his head ! 

Poor Tom, struggling hard to fight out his college 
course on the line Fate had selected for him, found 

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his championship dust in his mouth. He had had 
a vision of clouds of glory, and then the gray mists 
had drifted in again. He kicked viciously against 
the pricks of his dun-colored existence, and he 
kicked in vain. He had his place and there he must 
stay. So in a bitterly rebellious spirit he worked 
on to what end he knew not. He was in a partic 
ularly recalcitrant frame of mind that night, and 
was on the point of chucking the whole thing in 
favor of a lonely trip to a musical show in Boston, 
when True tapped on his door. There was a queer 
look on his pale face. 

"Some of the fellows want to see you over at 
the Woolsack !" he said in a careless way. 

Tom gazed sourly at him from under his green 
eye-shade. 

"Me? What for? I don t- 

And then something in Frank s eyes set his heart 
athump. 

"What do you mean?" he choked. He wouldn t 
be made a fool of again. 

"Would you care to become a member?" 

"You re not joking, Frank?" 

"Why, of course not! I couldn t." 

Tom got up and turned quickly to the window. 
So it had come at last! The "Woolsack"! One 
of the best of the clubs. 

"Oh, Frank!" he said, trying to hide the quiver 
ing of his lips. "It s all you! I know it! You 
don t realize what this means to me ! I ve been so 
lonely. Of course Harvard s a wonderful place, 



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but it s so infernally big I ve been lost in it, up 
to now!" 

When Tom told his mother of his election to 
the "Woolsack" Mrs. Kelly was seriously upset. 
She had always heard of those college clubs as hor 
rible places where the students did nothing but 
drink and play cards "traps of Satan." 

"Oh, Tom," she whispered in a terrified voice, 
"don t let them persuade you to drink. I don t 
mind smoking nearly so much, but do promise me 
not to drink!" 

"Can t you trust me to behave like a gentleman, 
mother," blustered Tom disingenuously. He was 
in a state of almost hysterical excitement, had made 
up his mind already to do whatever the other fellows 
did ! " Can t you trust me, now ? If not, how can 
you ever trust me!" 

She looked narrowly at him, her woman s in 
stinct grasping the situation with unerring ac 
curacy. 

"Tom!" she said, in a desperate tone, "if you 
drank, it would break my heart !" 

He did not reply and she turned quite cold. His 
next words frightened her even more. 

"Could you manage to let me have a little 
money, mother?" 

It was the first time he had ever asked for it. 
She knew that he appreciated the sacrifices she 
had made was still making to send him to col 
lege. Yet he was her only son ! And secretly she 



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was supremely gratified by this recognition of his 
classmates. 

"If you really need it," she answered, relieved 
herself that their conversation no longer hinged 
upon the depressing subject of drink. "I ve got 
that five hundred dollars I saved up for a rainy day 
when you were at school." 

"I don t need anything like that," he replied. 
"A couple of hundred, maybe. There s the dues 
and, you know, mother, I ought to get some new 
clothes." 

" Clothes ! " she cried sharply. " What s the mat 
ter with the clothes you ve got on? Your father 
wore that blue coat of his fourteen years, and there 
wasn t a moth hole in it when he died. I should 
think you could get along as you are." 

"Of course, I can t let em be ashamed of me." 

"Ashamed of you, Tom. I guess they re mighty 
glad to get you to join." 

He smiled to himself. 

"And I ve got to keep up my end." 

"Not one cent will I give you for pleasure!" 
she insisted resentfully. "You can take my last 
cent for books I want you to have every advan 
tage ! But nothing will I give you for for cards 
or tobacco or liquor ! Oh, Tom ! You wouldn t 
take the money in the bank for that!" she asked 
in despair. 

" No, mother," he answered a little guiltily. "But 
I must have some money." And then to change the 
subject and make her feel that by virtue of what 



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had happened life would be different for her as well, 
he added much as one would picture a coming 
pleasure to a child: "And, mother! I want you to 
meet the fellows ! I m going to bring some of them 
in here right away to see you to supper, maybe !" 

"Oh!" she uttered aghast. "Oh, I couldn t 
have them. There d be nothing fit for them to eat ! 
And they d tell their mothers about it. There s 
Mrs. D wight, for instance; she s in the Ladies 
Auxiliary. I d never dare look her in the face 
again if her son came in here to supper and got 
only ham!" 

"I ve no doubt Bridget could get up a very nice 
supper," replied Tom somewhat doubtfully. 

He had not really intended to bring anybody to 
supper. It had simply seemed a natural sort of 
thing to say, and so he had said it. Now he per 
ceived that it would involve social awkwardnesses. 
The fellows would come, to be sure, and be more 
than polite; but he could imagine Pennington and 
Catherwood if his mother said "You was" or "I 
should have thought you would have," and dis 
played as she certainly would her ignorance of social 
conventions. And he was almost sure that they 
didn t have any finger-bowls! No, it wouldn t do 
at all. Yet at the same time he knew perfectly 
well that nothing in the course of human events 
could possibly give his mother such satisfaction as 
to have the son of Mrs. Hamilton Dwight Mrs. 
D wight of Commonwealth Avenoo, that is take 
a meal at her house. Such a social triumph would 



122 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

have painted her drab existence with prismatic 
colors, and would have sufficed her as a topic of 
conversation forever afterward. 

All this Tom knew very well, but he just couldn t 
do it. And he must get the idea out of her head ! 
He of course realized that what she had said was 
not meant to be taken seriously. It was merely a 
polite protest to be as politely overruled. All she 
needed and expected was a little urging, and 
then she would yield gracefully, for both of them 
were fully aware that Bridget could serve a very 
excellent "high tea" indeed scalloped oysters, 
lobster salad, orange layer-cake, chocolate, just as 
good exactly as you d get at "The Women s Ex 
change." 

"No," she repeated, but looking hopefully at 
Tom s suddenly glum face, "I d never dare! And 
then Mrs. West, too, over on Beacon Street. I 
pass her quite often. I might have to bow to her." 

Already she had had a pathetic vision a mirage, 
alas ! of a gushing, if tiny spring, in the social Sahara 
of her existence, and her timid spirit fluttered in 
delicious perturbation. All Tom would have had 
to say to overcome her resistance would have been, 
" Oh, nonsense, mother ! Give em anything you ve 
got!" which, coupled with one of his accustomed 
hugs and a hearty kiss, would have swept away all 
her defenses, leaving only a faint little final "Oh, 
Tom! Do you really think we could?" And she 
would have hurried away to order the supper at 
once, and maybe have gone over to Fanny Trollop s 



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to see if she still had that celebrated recipe belong 
ing to her Aunt Hemenway for tipsy pudding. 
But his response to her protest in the present in 
stance was half-hearted. 

"I suppose she could serve a good-enough supper/ 
he repeated. "But, of course, if you would feel 
awkward or embarrassed about it, there s no need 
of having them. On the whole, I guess you re 
right." 

He could see the expectant look in his mother s 
eyes give way to one of disappointment, and for 
a moment he almost felt like reconsidering. No, 
it was too much to expect. She would surely 
" queer" him with her talk about Uncle Ezra and 
Aunt Eliza. She might even mention "punkin 
seeds" ! But Mrs. Kelly had not given up all hope 
even yet. Tom had acted at first as if he had really 
meant it and perhaps 

"The rector said Bridget s scalloped oysters were 
the best he d ever et!" she hazarded timidly. 

"Oh, those fellows have oysters all the time!" 
he protested. "And they re used to having dinner 
at night." 

"Dinner at night!" gasped Mrs. Kelly, bewil 
dered. 

"And when they go out to be entertained," he 
added unthinkingly, "they usually expect some 
sort of of beverage." 

His mother s face hardened. 

"They ll never come to my house if they expect 
that!" she replied defiantly. 



XII 

TOM found the " Woolsack" a very agreeable 
place. He had always imagined that there was 
something mysterious about college social organi 
zations, and that their meetings were given over 
to strange rites and alcoholic revelry, but he soon 
discovered that this was a mistake. The club was 
only a common meeting-ground, where the men 
loafed, read, played cards, and ordered such drinks 
as they chose. And the men themselves were as 
different from each other as the members of his 
own old circle. Indeed, in the main, he found among 
his new friends precisely the same types. Save 
for the fact that they were less assertive, spent 
more money, and had a larger knowledge of the 
world, Dick Crowninshield might have been Jo 
Cryder, Allyn Scott might have been Andy Peters, 
and either Pennington or Catherwood might have 
been J. Walton-Smith. 

Most of them were quiet, rather reserved young 
fellows who had come from decent homes, and 
whose chief interest in life was athletics. As a 
whole, they were no more intellectual than his former 
friends, but he heard less cheap and dirty talk and 
the "Smart Alec" was conspicuous by his absence. 
There were no "freaks" among them and no ge- 

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niuses. They were satisfied with their college, their 
class, their club, and themselves, and seemed to feel 
that, so far as was immediately necessary, they had 
solved the problem of existence. There was no 
general conversation except regarding sport, the 
theatre, social doings in Boston, and the needless 
obstacles contrived by the dean and faculty to 
prevent their passing their examinations without 
mental labor. Their tone as to honesty, cleanliness 
in speech, generosity and consideration for others 
was high; as to personal conduct it was fairly easy 
going. So long as a man acted like a gentleman 
with his comrades, they did not particularly con 
cern themselves as to his habits. It was none of 
their business and it was "bad form" to be curious. 
It was "bad form" to get drunk, but curiously 
enough it was not bad form for particular men to 
get drunk. The "Woolsack" and some of the other 
clubs contained certain privileged characters who 
were regarded, with tolerance and even apparent 
pride, as "funny drunks." They were allowed to 
do as they liked so long as they remained amusing. 
And there were certain ones who led mysterious 
existences and were held in a kind of awe by the 
other men. These were generally fellows of the 
millionaire class, who had large personal incomes 
and lived lives of their own in which poker, cham 
pagne, and chorus girls were supposed to figure 
prominently. They were few in number. Almost 
every club had one of them and they ran together. 
There were, by antithesis to these, men of very 



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small means like Tom sons of professors and 
even of clergymen, and rich fellows who, never 
theless, took life seriously and were almost as much 
"grinds" as Ricker. To his great surprise Tom 
found that two of the members of the " Woolsack" 
were Phi Beta Kappa men, and that another held 
a John Harvard scholarship. 

It comes to few college undergraduates to suffer 
for three long years from a bitter, if unjustified, 
sense of ostracism and then suddenly to be ac 
claimed as worthy of the highest social honors, of 
intimacy with the most popular and distinguished 
members of the class. When this does happen it 
is rarely the result of any particular achievement, 
athletic or otherwise, on the part of the individual, 
but is rather more often due to the efforts often un 
suspected, of some friend. Thus, while the social 
recognition which he finally secured, including his 
election to the "Woolsack," was due primarily and 
directly to the merest chance his fortuitous suc 
cess at tennis nevertheless without Frank True s 
persistent knocking at the door of friendship on his 
behalf, it would probably never have been opened 
to Tom. 

When social success of this sort does come at 
the end of a man s college course it is far more likely 
to end disastrously than if it comes of its own accord 
in the natural course of events. Poor Tom, starved 
for want of real companionship, firmly believing 
that he had a well-founded grudge against existence, 
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pleasures that he assumed were the common right 
of all young fellows of his age, found himself un 
expectedly received as an intimate friend and equal 
by the very men toward whom he had harbored 
these feelings of resentment and antagonism. The 
result was, as is frequently the case, that he was 
knocked completely off his balance, and for a time 
was the victim of a state of almost hysterical ex 
citement. His ego filled his cosmos. From the 
hell of solitude he had been lifted into the heaven 
of companionship. From regarding himself as an 
ugly duckling he came to view himself as a swan. 
He reasoned, and not unnaturally, that he must 
possess unusual qualities both physical and mental, 
unsuspected by himself, which differentiated him 
from the common herd with whom he had formerly 
been thrown. And yet, through some subtle in 
stinct, or thanks to a lingering trace of common 
sense, he was astute enough to keep himself in the 
background and to endeavor so to conduct himself 
that his new friends should not regret their action. 
Now that he occupied one of the seats of the 
mighty, he took pleasure in trying to justify the 
very exclusiveness of which he had formerly been 
the victim, the very social system which he had 
hitherto looked upon so resentfully as unfair and 
undemocratic. Yet, to his surprise, he discovered 
that, with the exception of one or two men such 
as Catherwood and Pennington, none of his new 
friends took the slightest satisfaction in the .fact 
that they were thus artificially marked out and 



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separated from their fellows as members of a select 
club. There was nothing snobbish in their attitude 
at all. They liked to have a handy place where 
they and their intimate friends could meet, and 
this the " Woolsack" provided for them, just as 
the other clubs, the "Cave Dwellers" for instance, 
did for their members. But the mere fact that 
other men were not in the club, while they were, 
meant nothing to them. Strangely enough, while 
Scott and other men in the club seemed to feel that 
social conditions in college were not all that they 
should be and that the system might perhaps be 
improved, Tom championed it as the natural out 
come of conditions over which no control could be 
exercised. Since the system had selected him, by 
that same token it must be all right. 

As the months went on Tom found the society 
of his former companions less and less attractive. 
At first he continued to take his meals at the old 
table in Memorial Hall, but the fellows there were 
strangely cool. There was almost an atmosphere 
of hostility. Plainly they resented his being trans 
lated to a higher social atmosphere. Gradually 
they ceased entirely dropping into his room all 
except J. Walton-Smith, who showered Tom with 
attentions, to the latter s great annoyance, and 
made a point of coming over every day after lunch 
to smoke a couple of pipes. In the end Tom re 
signed from Memorial and joined an eating club 
in Mt. Auburn Street to which West, Dwight, 
Scott, and others of his own club belonged, and 



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which also numbered many men from other socie 
ties. He got on well with all of them, but he found 
the "Woolsack" so attractive that he sadly neg 
lected his work, and his expenses began to multiply. 
There was a good deal of poker played and Tom 
having learned the game could not resist the lure 
of the chips. At first he won "beginner s luck"; 
then lost, and had to ask his mother for more money. 
Moreover his friendship with Scott and his desire 
to be a "good fellow" led him gradually into the 
use of alcohol. At first limiting himself to a cock 
tail before dinner, he soon yielded to the temptation 
to share the artificial gayety induced by whiskey. 
By the "mid years," he was drinking steadily. 
When his conscience reproached him he told him 
self fiercely that he was entitled to make up for 
the barrenness of his childhood and the misery of 
his first years in college, and that he ought to seize 
the opportunities offered by the "Woolsack" to 
cement friendship that in after-life might prove 
valuable. And because on a Saturday afternoon 
his breath often smelled of whiskey, he frequently 
gave up going home at all and spent the evening at 
the theatre with Scott and the next day snoozing 
before the fire at the club. 

The talk he heard going on around him of the 
smart balls given in Boston and Brookline filled 
him with a desire to enlarge his outside social ac 
quaintance. It would pay in the end. These years 
in college were a fellow s one great chance. Next 
year he might be slaving in an office. So he ordered 



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a new dress-suit costing a hundred dollars and ar 
ranged, through West, to have his name put on 
the list for the Assemblies. For the first time he 
drank of the joy of feminine adulation. Every 
pretty girl to whom he was introduced seemed to 
have heard about him; knew of his wonderful 
tennis-playing and his wizard serve, and was shyly 
eager to know him better. Poor Tom, intoxicated 
as many another boy has been by the admiring 
eyes of debutantes, lost his young head and for the 
time believed himself a conquering social hero. He 
abandoned his studies, spending night after night 
at dancing-parties in Boston and its suburbs. The 
house on Appian Way knew him rarely. He saw 
less and less of Frank True and, strangely enough, 
more and more of Catherwood and Pennington, who 
even found some social capital for themselves in 
his acquaintance. 

He flunked two courses in the mid years, lost 
two hundred dollars at poker and another hundred 
trying to get it back, and drank more and more. 
He also became a confirmed smoker of cigarettes. 
By March he was in bad physical shape. "Facile 
est descensus!" Once started downward no one 
ever "descended" with more "facility" than poor 
Tom. He dared not go home. Could not bring 
himself to visit his little old mother patiently wait 
ing for him in the shabby house on Newbury Street, 
whither an electric surface-car would have carried 
him in less than half an hour. 

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facement, distrustful of even her own ability to 
express her ideas grammatically, fearful of her own 
social shadow, and timidly shrinking from every 
contact with the world, was able to inspire actual 
moral terror by reason of her unfaltering, if primi 
tive, belief in the duty imposed upon her toward 
her offspring by the Almighty. An interview with 
her was to be avoided at all costs. For, as she would 
have expressed it, God would have given her strength 
to make her son realize his sin. None are so terrible 
as the meek in righteous indignation. So Tom 
stayed away and his mother waited in silence, while 
he dropped postal cards to her at rare intervals, 
and tried to dim the vision of her in a constant suc 
cession of frivolities. 

Seven weeks having elapsed since he had seen 
her, a determined knock brought him to his door 
one evening expecting to find Scott or Pennington 
outside on their way for an evening s fun in Boston. 
At first he did not recognize the tall strange figure 
standing there in the antique bonnet and cameFs- 
hair shawl. 

"It s me, Tom," answered the mellow, vibrant 
voice of Bridget the cook. 

"Bridget! What on earth are you doing out 
here?" cried Tom in astonishment. Then his heart 
ceased beating for an instant and he felt almost 
faint with a sudden fear. "There isn t any bad 
news is there?" he gasped. His poor old mother 
might be dead for all he knew. 



132 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"No, there s no bad news," answered Bridget. 

"Will will you come in?" he asked perfunc 
torily. 

"Thank ye kindly," said Bridget. "No, I must 
be on my way. I was just after comin back from 
a visit to me Cousin Annie, at Arlington an I 
thought I d stop and ask about the wash, now yez 
hav given up bringin it home." 

"The wash is all right!" said Tom. "There s 
a Chinaman over in the Square;- he comes for it." 

"The dirty haythen ! Don t give it to him, Tom, 
and him a-squirtin the water on it out of his filthy 
mouth ! Bring it home to me, Tom. And save 
your money !" 

"The Chink is all right!" 

He was torn between resentment at her coming 
and shame at seeing her. Her "Cousin Annie" 
and "the wash" were the most obvious prevarica 
tions. He felt her presence as a biting reproach 
and he wanted to get rid of her as speedily as pos 
sible. What would the fellows think if they should 
see her there and hear her address him as "Tom"? 
They might even conclude not unnaturally that 
she was an aunt or something. The thought had 
its reflexes in his muscles, and, as if by accident, he 
allowed the door to close a little. The gaunt old 
face gazed at him sadly across the threshold. Had 
he known it, her old heart yearned for his welfare 
almost as much as did his mother s, but he saw in 
her austere features only those of a Nemesis. 

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without moving her eyes from his. "Almost as 
fine as the library at home. I mind the time your 
father bought all the furniture the green-covered 
table and all ! It seems only a week agone ! And 
yer mither a lovely young lady ! Her hair s white 
now, Tom. Yis, tis a grand room yez have ! That 
was thirty years gone by ! And I was a young girl 
meself , though ye may not believe it ! I mind the 
very day ye was born, Tom, and Dr. Tucker 
asking for the scales, and yer poor father locking 
himself out of doors God rest his soul! I ve 
seen ye grow up, Tom, and no one so well as I knows 
all yer mither has done for ye. Not that yez have 
been aught but a good boy! I knew ye love yer 
mither. But life is life. And sometimes tis sorrow 
ful, and sometimes tis happy thanks to the Blessed 
Virgin! But never did any mither care for her 
gossoon like yours, Tom, and many s the time I ve 
helped put the ile on yer small back and rubbed 
yer feet wid the alcohol. And now she s an old 
woman, and her eyes are dim wid watchin out of 
the window fer yez to come home, and her hearin s 
a bit bad for strainin to hear the sound of yer voice, 
and her forehead has the wrinkles on it fer worryin 
fer fear all may not be well wid ye. Tis a dear, 
little mither yez have, Tom. Some day ye ll not 
have her. She and I will both be gone before long. 
I m payin my own debt now to her, Tom. Twill 
be too late then to pay yours." 

What response Tom might have made to this 
appeal cannot be told, for at that instant a step 



134 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

sounded on the gravel outside and Pennington 
sprang into the hall. 

"Ah there, Tom!" he cried heartily, stepping 
quickly in front of Bridget as if she were totally in 
visible. "I ve got two seats for Lulu Glaser in The 
Lion Tamer. They were turned in at the agency 
at the last moment and Davie at the club snapped 
em right up for me. Come along ! Don t waste any 
time either ! It s a great show. Bobo French has 
been sixteen times ! " 

Bridget s appeal had really moved Tom s heart, 
but, instinctively tactful as it had been, he still 
felt that she had had no business to interfere- 
especially to come out there to Cambridge to see 
him. Should he comply with her tacit request to 
come home it would be a direct acknowledgment of 
the propriety of her conduct. He now actually 
wanted to go home, but he wanted also to go to 
the theatre with Pennington, who was becoming 
more and more friendly. He hastily decided that 
he would go in the next morning and surprise his 
mother by joining her at church. That would 
be just as good. It would make up for every 
thing, and, besides, his mother could not talk to 
him during the service. It would break the ice 
splendidly. 

"Sure, I ll come," he said to Pennington. "I ll 
only be a minute !" 

His friend was lighting a cigarette over the lamp 
and Tom made signs to Bridget that he wished her 
to leave him. She remained mute, but her lips 



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moved in a final silent appeal. He shook his head 
sternly at her. 

"Good night," he said coldly. "Thank you for 
coming out. I ll be in before long, and bring the 
wash myself." 

A deep flush spread itself over Bridget s dig 
nified features. She drew herself up proudly and 
turned away without a word. 

"Who s that old party?" inquired Pennington. 

"Servant from home about the wash," an 
swered Tom. "Damn nuisance, too. Imagine her 
coming at this hour !" 

Yet the vision of his mother as conjured up by 
Bridget remained with him for a long time, for 
Tom did not go to church next day. 



XIII 

TOM S demoralization progressed with such ra 
pidity that it soon became evident to his clubmates 
that unless he called a halt he could expect neither 
to graduate with his class nor to hold his title as 
tennis champion. True, deeply grieved at his in 
difference and general conduct, had long since 
given up any attempt to influence him, but now 
Dwight, the president of the class, realizing that 
something must be done, took him in hand. Catch 
ing the new member at an unguarded moment, he 
gave him to understand that his associates were 
by no means pleased at the apparent effect of his 
election upon his character. It made it seem, he 
told Tom, as if the club s influence were a bad one. 
But most of all Tom owed it to himself and to his 
mother to pull himself together and finish his col 
lege course with what credit he could. 

Deeply chagrined, Tom took his medicine with 
meekness, forswore all dances and drinking, and 
by heroic exertions managed both to retain his 
title and take his degree. He had, at last, renewed 
his practice of going home on Sundays, and for a 
time he seemed to his mother more like his old self 
the rather shabby but virile self that she loved 
but once the examinations were over and he had 

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successfully escaped the yawning jaws of failure, 
the longing for something different came upon him 
again. After all, he had had, he assured himself, 
little enough pleasure in college. He had made 
The "Woolsack" too late for it to do him any par 
ticular good. What he had read of the great world 
outside of New York and Newport filled him 
with a keen desire to see it for himself, taste of its 
pleasures and perhaps of its victories. Was he not 
the champion tennis-player of the university? He 
must go to Newport to enter the lists for the na 
tional title. Even if he did not win, he would at 
least see Newport. Who could tell what might 
be in store for him? So when Allyn Scott sug 
gested casually that he had better come to them 
for a month in the middle of the summer and get 
"acclimated" for the national tournament, Torn 
accepted the invitation with alacrity and without 
consulting his mother. She, poor lady, was nearing 
the Valley of the Shadows. But she only entered 
a feeble protest to Tom s declaration that he in 
tended to spend a month or so at Newport. 

"But you don t expect me to go there, do you?" 
she asked timidly. 

"Oh, no, of course not!" he answered. "You 
wouldn t want to be staying at a boarding-house 
in a place where I was visiting." 

His unexpressed idea none the less patent to 
her was that it would be embarrassing for him 
to have her there might involve introductions or 
other complications; it would be much better for 



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her to go to East Bethlehem, or some one of those 
places, where he could join her later on in the 
summer, the early part of which he intended to 
spend at Cambridge in a rigorous preparatory 
course of physical training. Unseen by her son 
the old lady s eyes filled with tears. She was proud 
of Tom s tennis-playing, and she had hoped that 
he would express the wish to have her present in 
Newport at the tournament. But he advanced 
no suggestion of the kind. His mind was already 
glamoured of the unknown. So Mrs. Kelly made 
her modest preparations to spend the summer by 
herself. It was significant that for the first time 
in the history of their relations Bridget offered to 
accompany her in the capacity of maid, but the 
offer was refused. With a pang in the heart Mrs. 
Kelly recognized the fact that her influence over 
Tom was gone that he was drifting away from 
her. 

Class day came with its flowers, its swarms of 
little girls and their mammas, its lemonade, its 
salad, and its diluted punch. Across the Yard, be 
tween the trees, hung row on row of Chinese lan 
terns. Seniors in cap and gown hurried ostenta 
tiously from building to building, or escorted nervous 
damsels, with elaborate courtesy, to the various 
exercises. The sedate old college, at all other seasons 
the quintessence of conservatism, to-day exhibited 
a shocking degree of frivolity. There were white 
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pink sashes that hit the onlooker violently between 
the eyes. The elmed arcades " where the good and 
the great in their glorious prime" had "musingly 
trod," presented an appearance about as dignified 
and an atmosphere of culture nearly as rare as a 
country circus. Perspiring negroes carrying huge 
"cans" of ice-cream staggered hither and thither. 
Strange processions of country cousins meandered 
down the paths or across the grass, convoyed by 
self-conscious seniors. Young gentlemen who for 
four years had been assumed to be connected with 
only the choicest of Beacon Street families, and 
whose raiment and diction had indicated that be 
yond peradventure they were of the Brahmin caste, 
suddenly appeared in the company of the most 
peculiar-looking relations. In fact the "show 
down" had come. No longer could pretense avail. 
In a word, one had to stand or fall by one s rela 
tives. 

At the "Woolsack," as at all other self-respect 
ing clubs, a cold feast or "spread" (as it is still 
called) had been prepared, to which the graduating 
members bade whom they wished Mr. Russell and 
Evelyn were there, and Mrs. Kelly. It was the 
sole occasion upon which Tom s mother, profiting 
by her son s elevation in the world, had made her 
appearance among his new friends, and she came 
with the utmost reluctance, apprehensive lest she 
might do or say something which would militate 
to his disadvantage. But Tom and Frank True 
between them managed to make her feel a little 



140 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

at home, and after taking her to the "Tree," where 
half-clad giants battled for flowers, and to the club 
house, where she partook of tea, ice-cream, and 
salad, surrounded by the elite of Boston society, 
they placed her on a car bound for Boston, her cup 
of happiness, for the time being at least, filled to 
overflowing. 

Under the circumstances it is hardly surprising 
that Tom s youthful fancies lightly turned to those 
thoughts commonly supposed to be induced by 
spring. During his recent social career he had, 
indulged in several trifling flirtations with Back 
Bay debutantes, and he had gained a confidence 
which he had lacked earlier in his college course. 
To-day the sight of Evelyn had revived in him 
all those emotions which he had felt on first meet 
ing her in the Yard. Truly, she was a slender, 
dark-eyed goddess a Diana or a Hebe compared 
with those other giggling little girls. Hitherto he 
had assumed that she had already given her affec 
tions to Frank True, yet unconsciously he had all 
the while cherished a faint hope that he might prove 
wrong. Three years had passed since he had first 
enshrined her in his heart, and while perhaps the 
fire upon the altar lacked something of the inten 
sity of the first fierce blaze into which it had burst 
upon the unexpected renewal of their childhood s 
acquaintance, it burned none the less steadily. 
Evelyn herself, however, had shown no inclination 
to encourage sentiment. Wisely she had eschewed 
the personal note, while Tom had recognized that 



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marriage, so far as he was concerned, was abso 
lutely out of the question. In deference to his 
mother s wishes, he had intended to follow in his 
father s footsteps and become a member of the 
bar. Should this purpose be carried out it would 
mean three more years at the Harvard Law School 
and an apprenticeship of from three to five years 
in a law office in Boston before he could hope to 
support a wife in anything much better than a 
polite poverty. He certainly had no reasonable 
expectation of being able within a period of less 
than ten years to offer Evelyn home comforts such 
as she then enjoyed. 

Thus his attitude toward Evelyn perforce be 
came more that of a friend than of a lover which 
was probably, in any event, all she would have 
permitted it to be. 

But, now, on this his Class Day his heart s hope 
revived. After all he had no definite reason to be 
lieve that she was engaged to Frank. To be sure, 
the latter was always at the Russell s house, but 
for that matter, so was he. And after all Frank 
was nothing but a cripple, charming fellow as he 
was. Moreover, he himself was a far more desir 
able parti than when he had first known her. Then 
he had been a shabby sort of dark horse a social 
derelict, almost a grind. Now he was the college 
tennis champion, a member of an ultra smart club, 
a popular man. That might easily make a differ 
ence the difference. 

Class Day was the day when everybody "got 



142 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

engaged." In all the novels and stories about 
university life which he had read, the collegian 
hero always selected Class Day as the opportune 
moment for protesting his undying affection for 
his beloved. It was true that for Tom college fic 
tion had proved but a poor camera obscura of actual 
conditions, nevertheless, it had had its influence 
upon his ideas. If he didn t propose to Evelyn on 
Class Day, some other fellow probably would, and 
who knew what she might do? No, he must not 
only square himself with her for past neglect, but 
he must make up for it by then and there offering 
her his heart and hand. 

And, indeed, what more opportune occasion for 
words of love can there ever be than that offered 
by the evening hours of Class Day to the couple 
wandering among the shadows of the overarching 
elms? For young Mr. Smith the future lies 
stretched out a plain, well-marked highway 
leading across comfortable and smiling valleys to 
the mysterious and happy mountains of Fame 
and Fortune. He is full of the egotism and en 
thusiasm of youth. He is ignorant of the mocking 
insincerities of the world. He feels his strength 
as the strength of ten, because his heart is pretty 
nearly pure. To young Miss Jones he is a warrior 
going forth to combat, certain of victory, of pop 
ular applause, of glory. They are sitting, perhaps, 
in the cushioned window of his room, where prob 
ably mamma or aunty with discreet intention has 
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night wind the Chinese lanterns sway and blink 
among the leaves, yellow lights flicker in a hundred 
windows, vague figures, hand in hand or arm in 
arm, glide among the tree trunks or sit close to 
gether upon the stone steps of the old buildings, 
and from the end of the Yard the last strains of 
"Fair Harvard," played by a sentimental regimental 
band from Cambridgeport, linger and die slowly 
away. 

How could any well-regulated senior escape a 
declaration under such circumstances? Otherwise 
what business would he have to sit at such a time 
in a cushioned window with any girl? Thus, fol 
lowing the line of least resistance, many an inno 
cent collegian finds himself enmeshed in the net of 
matrimony before he has as yet fairly determined 
how he is going to earn his bread and butter. 

Tom stood beside Evelyn as she sat ensconced 
on the window-seat of his room in Thayer s Hall and 
the last lines of the college song sung by three thou 
sand young voices faded out of hearing. She seemed 
deeply stirred as, with lips slightly parted, she 
gazed through the trees to where the distant mu 
sicians were disbanding. They had not spoken 
for several minutes. In the dim reflections cast 
by the lanterns among the branches, her face had 
the same sweet allurement that it had had when, 
after ten years, he had seen her for the first time 
in the flickering firelight of her father s study. 
He felt a sudden and overpowering tenderness, 
which coincided with an instinctive recognition 



144 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

that this was the appropriate moment for what 
must necessarily be a purely factitious demon 
stration. He could not marry ! He knew it ! An 
indefinite engagement? What right had he to 
ask it of her? And yet he felt convinced from 
the palpitation of his heart and the trembling in 
his limbs that he loved Evelyn whether he had 
any business to tell her so or not. Perhaps she 
expected him to tell her. What harm would it 
do anyway? He must speak now before she 
turned her head or it would be too late. He 
could never speak looking straight into those eyes. 
So Tom Kelly, moved both by a pardonable emo 
tion and a literary sense of the fitness of things, 
threw his fate into the balance and said in a strange 
and peculiar voice, in which excitement, embar-, 
rassment, and tenderness figured equally: 

"Evelyn, I love you! You know I love you!" 
At this point in the story-books the senior in 
evitably places his arm around the waist of the 
girl in the window, who thereupon leans her head 
against his manly shoulder and bursts into tears. 
But in this particular presentation of the ancient 
college drama the leading lady failed to follow her 
cue. 

Tom had no sooner uttered the words than he 
appreciated the fatuity of the occasion which he 
had selected for his purpose. With a hundred 
times better grace could he have spoken them six 
months before! He had deliberately neglected 
Evelyn for half a year, and in the face of that 



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neglect he was assuming to ask her to be his 
wife on the strength of what ? His membership in 
the "Woolsack"? His college championship? His 
wasted opportunities ? His winter of frivolity ? With 
a sudden fall in his blood temperature, he grasped 
the fact that he had been guilty of an inexcusable 
presumption. What had Evelyn said or done to 
justify him in the belief that this sudden declara 
tion would be acceptable to her? Was it not, under 
the circumstances, almost an affront? And in the 
same instant he perceived the real depth of his 
feeling for her and cursed himself for having 
jeopardized his chances by speaking at such a 
time. If only he could have recalled his words! 
Why did she not reply? Had he, in truth, offended 
her? 

For Evelyn did not reply. She seemed to be 
watching something fixedly among the trees and 
to be oblivious of what he had said. The moments 
passed hours they seemed to Tom and still she 
did not speak. Had she, in fact, failed to hear 
him? Or was she deliberately ignoring his remarks 
as the kindest thing to do? The blood leaped tu- 
multuously to his neck and face. Oh, what a fool 
he was ! 

Then Evelyn lifted her head, smiling radiantly, 
tenderly, at some one. There was a crunching 
on the gravel outside the window and a shadow 
limped forward out of the darkness. 

"Hello, Evelyn !" came the cheery voice of Frank 
True out of the shadows. "Hello, Tom !" 



146 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

And once again our hero s universe rocked and 
all but toppled. 

"Hello Frank, dear!" answered Evelyn softly. 

A week later, upon the platform of Saunder s 
Theatre, Tom, with his assembled classmates in 
cap and gown, received from the president of the 
university an imitation parchment degree and was 
proclaimed at the same moment as thenceforth 
belonging to the " Brotherhood of Educated Men." 
The fact of the matter was that, although so chris 
tened by America s most distinguished educator, 
Tom was not an educated man; he was an imita 
tion educated man, who, to be sure, though spurious, 
was by no means a bad counterfeit of what he was 
declared to be. Of culture in its true sense he had 
none. The warehouse of his brain had merely been 
equipped with a large variety of intellectual window- 
dressings. For four years he had wandered lacka 
daisically through college electives chosen with no 
systematic purpose except to secure a degree with 
a minimum amount of work and the maximum 
amount of leisure. He could talk with a certain 
glibness about Chaucer, Beaumont, Fletcher, and 
Thomas Love Peacock; or of Kant, Hegel, and 
Schopenhauer. He had taken elementary courses 
in mediaeval history, economics, fine arts, music, 
psychology, ethics, architecture, Shakespeare, the 
English poets and novelists, botany, zoology, ge 
ology, French, German, and chemistry. He had 
pursued no subject with thoroughness, and what 



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knowledge he had was superficial. He had attended 
the smallest number of lectures demanded by the 
authorities, done the least amount of reading per 
missible, and passed his examinations simply by 
cramming his head, for temporary purposes only, 
during a three weeks period at the end of each term. 
As a result his mind had lost most of its power of 
concentration. 

He had no real philosophy and no genuine theory 
of morals. After the inevitable Freshman excite 
ment over the problem of why he should not "go 
on the loose," he had relapsed into a state of moral 
indifference. He had glanced over the works of 
several celebrated agnostics offered for his delec 
tation by his friend Peters, and he had perused, at 
the suggestion of Mr. Russell, several utilitarian 
and materialistic works by Locke, Mill, and others, 
but they had helped him to no conclusion, and to 
his confused state of mind, science and religion 
seemed to have fought a drawn battle. One phi 
losophy seemed about as convincing as another. 
He had lost all faith in the God or Gods of his child 
hood, and the theological dogmas imbibed at the 
same period seemed to him no longer to have any 
significance. He recognized the beauty of religion, 
yet questioned the existence of a religious instinct. 
Yet through this tangled forest of doubt and scep 
ticism some unnamed influence drew him toward 
a well-marked path of right conduct. And, in the 
main, Tom followed it, although he could not have 
told why. 



148 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

What, then, had Tom achieved by the four years 
spent in Cambridge? Very little, it must be con 
fessed. He had, during the first three years, at 
least gained in health and strength of body. He 
had acquired a trifling amount of trifling informa 
tion upon a variety of subjects, most of which he 
had forgotten as quickly as he had learned it. He 
had, it is true, somewhat broadened his knowledge 
of life, but such a broadening would have followed 
as a matter of course, even had he not gone to col 
lege. In a word, it may be doubted whether, under 
the elective system of twenty years ago, Tom Kelly 
was any better off intellectually on leaving Har 
vard than when he entered it. Morally he was 
worse off. One attribute, however, he had in 
common with most of his associates in the "Wool 
sack" he enunciated the English language dis 
tinctly and had a creditably large and accurate 
vocabulary. To this extent his education had not 
been an entire failure. But Tom had not been 
happy, which it is not only the prerogative but 
the duty of youth to be. 



XIV 

THE smart brougham carrying Tom Kelly to 
"Beausejour," the Newport summer home of the 
Scotts, rolled up the crushed blue-stone drive, set 
with blue Californian spruce to match, rounded the 
flower-bordered circle and came to a stop before 
the portico. The groom, a dapper little English 
man, who reminded Tom strikingly of Pennington, 
jumped down from his seat beside the pink-faced 
coachman and whipped open the door with a quick 
touch of his cap. Both men were dressed in im 
maculate livery and both seemed scornfully im 
personal. 

It was Tom s second visit to Newport, and its con 
trast with the first had been vividly in his mind as, 
reclining upon the soft cushions, he had been whirled 
proudly up Rhode Island Avenue. Now he felt quite 
at ease. He was fully aware that his tailor, to whom 
he was heavily in debt, had made a good job of 
him, and that his new blue-serge suit fitted his 
figure to a nicety. Around his straw hat was a 
colored band indicating to the world that he was 
one of the elect of Harvard, and on his hands, or 
rather in one hand, was a pair of those very yellow 
chamois gloves that had so aroused his contempt 



150 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

when adorning the hands of Catherwood in the gal 
lery of Memorial Hall only three short years be 
fore. The wheel of his fortunes had certainly 
revolved since those dull days, and now he was 
triumphantly atop of it. He remembered how he 
and his mother, taking their afternoon strolls, she 
with her tiny black sunshade acock, had paused be 
fore those very granite pillars bearing the insignia 
of "Beausejour," and gazed timidly up the driveway 
through which he, a welcome guest, had just been 
swept in regal state. Then, they had been in mo 
mentary apprehension lest some gardener or other 
functionary should tell them to move along. Now, 
the very gates swung open at his approach. It made 
him think of that vocal exercise their old instructor 
in Freshman elocution had given them. He had 
been a well-meaning but rather ridiculous little 
man who, placing his finger-tips upon the point 
of his swelling waistcoat directly above his navel, 
was accustomed to say in a voice pregnant with 
adenoids: 

"Remember, gentlemen, the abdomen is the 
centre of the personality. Now, after me, gentle 



men! 3 



Then he would intone in a hollow bellow: 

"O-pen wide your gates ! 

"King John your King and England s doth 
appro-o-ach ! " 

Tom laughed, mentally substituting "King Tom" 
for "King John." 

"O-pen wide your gates!" he had chanted in a 



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whisper, as they had rolled toward the house. 
"King Tom your King and Newport s doth ap 
proach!" 

He was a little in doubt as to whether he should 
slip the little groom anything or not, but concluded 
that there was no indication of expectancy in the 
man s manner. So he sprang out of the brougham, 
nodding a "Thank you," and reached back for his 
racket-cases. The groom had them, however, and 
was already engaged in handing them, together 
with his new pigskin English kit-bag, to the foot 
man in blue livery who had mysteriously appeared 
from behind one of the marble pillars. The carriage 
drove away, leaving him standing in the full glare 
of the afternoon sun on the red tiles of the white 
stucco porch. A tall gray-haired man now emerged 
from the doorway. 

"Mrs. Scott is resting," said he respectfully, "and 
both gentlemen are out on the water. Will you 
go to your room, sir?" 

It was but four o clock of a brilliant July day, 
and rich odors from the near-by garden floated 
across the driveway. Tom had expected Allyn to 
meet him. It was a pity to waste such a beautiful 
afternoon. He might have got in a few practice 
sets of tennis. Still, the footman seemed to think 
he ought to go to his room, and the fellow probably 
knew. The heavy shadows of the massive hall 
were almost chilly after the heat of the roadway 
and it was quite dark in there. He made out a 
huge white marble fireplace, in imitation of the one 



152 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

at Blois, and some white marble seats, upon which 
were thrown with elaborate carelessness a few 
crimson velvet cushions. Up a broad, thickly car 
peted staircase he followed the footman to a land 
ing leading to the "bachelor s wing," and thence 
down a long silent hall to the end, where a door 
was standing ajar. 

"In here, sir," said the man, preceding him. 

Tom inspected with amazement his new training 
quarters the "royal suite," or whatever it might 
be called. He had had no previous conception of 
the opulence of his friend s family. A bright In 
dian rug covered two-thirds of the polished hard 
wood floor. Over a wide fireplace hung a stag s 
head a "royal" an ivory tag giving the place 
and date of its execution: "Dunrobin, September 
21, 1893." Dainty cerise-silk curtains hung from 
the valanced windows, and the single "two-thirds" 
bed was covered with a spread of the same ma 
terial. Where the pillow should have been, ac 
cording to the etiquette of Newbury Street, was 
a round bolster also of silk. There were easy 
chairs of leather and wicker, a polar-bear rug lay 
in front of the fireplace, and engravings of English 
beauties alternating with sporting prints, hung 
over the bed and along the walls. A round table 
offered the current weekly and monthly magazines 
placed in neat, overlapping rows, and, lest they 
should prove too intellectually exhausting, against 
the wall was a sort of sideboard ranged on which 
were boxes of cigars and cigarettes of different 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 153 

brands and sizes, and a row of decanters with a 
bucket of cracked ice and aerated waters. 

"Whew!" thought Tom. "This is pretty soft!" 

"The bath is here, sir," said the man, opening 
another door. 

"Oh, very well," answered Tom, not knowing 
whether it was comme il faut to express apprecia 
tion of one s accommodations in a friend s house. 
"Holy Mike!" was what he in fact remarked to 
himself at sight of the "bath." It was an enormous 
room, tiled from floor to ceiling, and fitted with 
every known device for cleansing and refreshing 
the human body. Showers, sitz and needle baths 
supplemented the more plebeian services of a porce 
lain tub raised on silver claws and standing in the 
middle of a white glazed desert. French soaps in 
sealed packages lay at hand and a series of glass 
rods held woolly Turkish towels as big as table 
cloths. It made Tom want to strip at once. And 
he had already resolved to have a drink as soon as 
he should be left alone. The valet finished arrang 
ing the contents of the valise upon the dressing- 
table and in the wardrobe and, having asked Tom 
for his trunk-check, announced that Mrs. Scott 
always had tea at five on the terrace, and then 
withdrew. Tom examined everything all over 
again with great enjoyment. 

"Golly!" he repeated under his breath. "This 
is all right. Pretty soft, eh?" And, as he took 
in appreciatively the fine points of a steel-engraved 
Grecian lady coyly emerging from the Ionian Sea 



154 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

without any dampness being visible upon her pol 
ished limbs, his mind reverted for an instant with 
grim satisfaction to the tin tub shared in rotation 
by the boarders at the "Mountain Home House." 
Then he stepped over to the window-seat and looked 
out upon a rose-garden in full bloom. 

A marble sun-dial stood in the centre and on a 
bench in the shade of a high green border sat a 
young woman apparently reading. The sight of 
her set Tom s heart thumping, for she seemed to 
him the most beautiful, ethereal creature he had 
ever seen. She was a slender brunette, and her 
dark hair was curiously arranged like a huge halo 
above her heavily pencilled eyebrows. Just at 
that moment, as if moved to retrospection by some 
thing she had been reading, she looked up and 
their eyes met. Hers were soft, brown, and startled. 
She blushed slightly, gave an almost imperceptible 
acknowledgment of his presence by a slight in 
clination of her head, and looked swiftly down 
again. Tom, feeling guiltily that he had violated 
a maiden s privacy, hastily backed away from the 
window. But his blood was all astir and his pulses 
beat in unruly turmoil. Who was she? Well, he d 
find out at tea time, anyhow ! He poured out a 
drink for himself, and, selecting a small, claro cigar 
of an unusual shape, he lit it and then threw him 
self back luxuriously in one of the leather chairs. 
The whole thing seemed a wonderful enchantment. 
The house was like the palace of the Sleeping 
Beauty only she was not sleeping. He wondered 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 155 

what she would look like asleep ! How black that 
riot of hair would look against a pillow! After a 
time he arose from the chair and glanced stealthily 
out of the other window. She was gone. The 
shadow of the hedge had crept across the green 
where stood the sun-dial. He almost doubted 
that she had been there. A humming-bird came 
and hovered uncertainly for a moment just beneath 
him, and then likewise disappeared. From a dis 
tance he could hear the soft vibrations of a piano 
whenever the unseen player struck the upper notes. 
He looked at his watch and discovered that it was 
already a quarter to five. 

"Fallen on your feet this time, Tommy, old 
boy!" he again congratulated himself, wondering 
what it cost to run such an establishment. And 
he was getting the whole benefit of it for nothing ! 

He washed his face and hands, brushed his hair 
and, having put on a clean collar and fresh tie, ven 
tured forth to find the "terrace." A footman arose 
from out of the shadows in the front hall and di 
rected him through a drawing-room crowded with 
bric-a-brac and ornate furniture to the opposite 
side of the house, where a lawn sloped gradually 
away from a veranda lined with Chinese vases full 
of flowering shrubs. Near a flight of stone steps 
leading to another grassy slope he could see a couple 
of ladies sitting beside a wicker table on which 
shone various articles of silver. The thought of 
approaching them alone and announcing himself 
filled him with terror and he doubled back to the 



156 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

veranda. He was on the point of fleeing to the 
protection of the "bachelor wing" when he heard 
voices in the hall and saw Allyn coming through 
the drawing-room in the company of two other 
men. 

"Hello, Allyn!" he said, going to meet them. 

"Hello, Tom!" answered his friend. "We ve 
been off on the Siren to judge a race-^otherwise 
I d have been here to meet you. Father this is 
Tom Kelly." 

The tall man with narrow face, high, arched nose 
and pale-gray eyes, who had followed Allyn to the 
veranda, bowed rather stiffly and held out his hand 
for Tom to shake. His manner was perfunctorily 
courteous, but detached, and he gave the impres 
sion of being somewhat bored with the particular 
thing which he happened to be doing but in hope 
that the next might prove more entertaining. 

"Glad to meet you, Mr. Kelly," he remarked. 
And then added hastily: "Yes, yes, we must get 
out to tea or your mother will accuse us of lese- 
majesty." 

"And Mr. Parradym Mr. Kelly," added Allyn. 

The third gentleman struck Tom instantly as 
being of an entirely different and novel type. He 
was rather stout, neatly but not smartly dressed, 
and had a red, good-natured face with a large in 
quiring nose and kindly, rather watery, blue eyes. 

"Oh, yes, Mr. Kelly to be sure !" said he, giving 
Tom s hand a warm pressure. "The coming cham 
pion, we understand." 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 157 

Tom soon learned that Mr. Parradym never 
referred to himself and always included all those 
present in his conversation. 

The three, led by Allyn, crossed the terrace, 
and descended the steps to the tea-table. 

"Mother, this is Tom Kelly," repeated Allyn, 
addressing a slender harmony in mauve. The lady 
bowed graciously, using her lorgnette. 

"My sister Mrs. Wingate " continued Allyn. 

Tom turned and found himself bowing to the 
girl of the rose-garden. A married woman! She 
held out her hand, giving him an intense, eager 
look. There was something appealing in her brown 
eyes, a note of pathos, as if she vaguely sought pro 
tection. 

"You were in the rose-garden!" exclaimed Tom. 
"I disturbed you ! I m sorry !" 

Allyn laughed cynically, and the girl flashed a 
look of annoyance at him. 

"You can usually find Lulie in the rose-garden 
when there are guests in the bachelor wing!" he 
remarked banteringly. 

Mrs. Scott made an impatient gesture, and said 
something to her daughter in French which Tom 
did not understand. He had abandoned French 
after his Freshman year. Whatever it was, it 
caused Mrs. Wingate to flush and bite her lips. 
She looked helplessly at Tom and made a slight 
gesture with her shoulders as if she knew that he 
would understand. Instantly his instinct of chivalry 
was aroused and he would have come valiantly to 



158 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

her support could he have thought of anything to 
say. It was very rude of Allyn and cruel of his 
mother ! 

"We had quite a pretty race," said Mr. Parradym, 
rescuing the situation. "The Alethea won by less 
than a length !" 

"By the way what are the orders for to-night?" 
inquired Mr. Scott of his wife. 

"You and I are dining with the Overtons. Allyn 
and Lulie are going to the Welfleets , and I ac 
cepted an invitation for Mr. Kelly to dine at the 
Fanshaws ," she answered. 

Tom was appalled. 

"I really," he began, totally aghast, "I don t 
know Mrs. Fanshaw I haven t met her!" 

"That s nothing!" Mr. Scott informed him. 
"You are what is known as an available man. 
You not only can dine out every night you must 
dine out every night." 

"Cheer up," urged Mr. Parradym. "I m dining 
there myself and it s not half bad. Lots of worse 
places. And Fanshaw has some very excellent old 
Madeira." 

"I should die!" groaned Tom quite naturally, 
and the others laughed in spite of themselves. 
"Can t I stay at home?" 

"Look here, mother," suggested Allyn suddenly, 
"I have it. Let Lulie chaperon Tom to the Wei- 
fleets and I ll take in the Fanshaws . They ll never 
know the difference. The Welfleets would much 
rather have him, anyway he s something new." 



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"And give you a chance to make love to Mimi 
Fanshaw!" shot back his sister at him. 

"Well," said Mrs. Scott, "if it would make Mr. 
Kelly any more comfortable not to go alone of 
course nobody cares, really; it will surely be all 
right if you prefer?" 

Tom glanced quickly at Mrs. Wingate and some 
thing told him that she would not be displeased 
if he accepted Allyn s suggestion. Already he felt 
as if some secret bond of sympathy existed between 
them. 

"If I have to go out I d much prefer to go that 
way," he answered. "Honestly, I d feel like a cat 
in a strange garret I shall, anyway." 

"Only there ll be another cat there that you 
know !" chuckled Allyn. 

And again Tom could find no words. 

The butler and two footmen now made their 
appearance for the purpose of removing the tea 
things, and Mr. Scott decided that he must go and 
write some letters. They all accordingly arose. 
Mrs. Scott affably informed Tom that it was a 
great pleasure to have him with them and then, 
nodding to the others, walked stiffly off beside her 
husband. 

"What happens now?" wondered Tom. It was 
only half after five the coolness of the evening 
was creeping through the garden the shadows 
reaching out across the grass the loveliest hour 
of the day. 

"Do you play bridge?" asked Mrs. Wingate. 



160 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"No," answered Tom, feeling very stupid, "I 
never learned." 

"What a shame!" 

Emboldened by her tone, he asked: "Will you 
teach me?" 

"I d love to," she answered. "Anything you 
like." 

"She knows all sorts of games," said Allyn sig 
nificantly. "By George, Lulie!" he whistled, "you 
and I promised to go over to the Langhorns at five- 
thirty. We re late now ! Come along." 

"Some other time, then," murmured Tom. She 
held out her hand, and as he pressed it, she turned 
away leaving, as it were, a precious possession for 
a moment in his clasp. 

"You two fellows will have to take care of your 
selves, Parry," remarked Allyn. "Why don t you 
take Kelly down to the Club?" 

"Oh, I d rather stay here and smoke a cigarette," 
answered Tom. "That is, if Mr. Parradym doesn t 
mind." 

In truth he wished to learn without delay every 
thing there was to know about Mrs. Wingate. Was 
there a Mr. Wingate, for example? She was not 
in black could not be a widow. 

He took Parradym s offered cigarette, uncon 
sciously inspecting the brand. 

"You needn t be afraid," laughed the other. 
"They re Scott s not mine. And I tell him where 
to buy em so I know they re all right. Yes," 
he added with a dry smile. "I m a little brother 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 161 

to the rich. You might as well Jknow it now as 
later." 

Tom was so taken aback by this extraordinary 
frankness that all he could do was to ask lamely: 
"Are you staying here?" 

"Oh, yes !" replied Parradym. "I usually spend 
July here. Have for the last fifteen years. It s 
a very comfortable house and quite all right in 
most ways! Besides, our hostess is an excellent 
executive, and gives her husband his orders every 
morning all of us, in fact." 

They had strolled the length of the terrace and 
instinctively had turned down another flight of 
steps leading into a grassy corner from which they 
could see the breakers surging against the rocks. 

"And now to answer your question about Mrs. 
Wingate 

"I didn t ask you anything about her," inter 
rupted Tom. 

"Oh, didn t you? Well, excuse me, but every 
body does want to know about Mrs. Wingate yes, 
she has a husband, really a very good sort of fellow, 
too. But they don t get on for some reason 
several reasons, and as she has three millions of 
her own she manages without him very well." 

"Are they divorced?" 

"No not so far as I am aware," answered Par 
radym. "But substantially so. Only, as there is 
no question of either alimony or the custody of 
children, they never have thought it necessary to 
go to court." 



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Tom said nothing. It was certainly no concern 
of his what domestic arrangements the Wingates 
might choose to make and yet for some reason he 
was disappointed. His dream had faded into 
nothing. 

"But there are others!" murmured Mr. Par- 
radym, as if to himself. 

Tom began to be secretly annoyed with his cheery 
faced fellow guest. What right had Parradym to 
assume that he had taken any sudden romantic 
interest in Mrs. Wingate? 

"You wonder what business it is of mine?" said 
his new friend. "None. Except in so far as a case- 
hardened old social parasite ought to try to keep 
the game on a fair basis, and give the players the 
benefit of his experience. You don t know me. 
I ve heard a little about you. I know more than 
you think from looking at you. I m a friend of 
the family and I m a friend to all nice young fel 
lows. We all have our faults and we all ought to 
be charitable toward others. But this is rather 
a dangerous house, between you and me, for a 
young chap to start in." 

Tom s annoyance had deepened into mild in 
dignation. Let this comfortable old "parasite," 
as he admitted that he was, speak for himself and 
not for others! He was about to let drop some 
hint of this sort, when Mr. Parradym laid his hand 
gently on Tom s shoulder. 

"What a wonderful sight!" he said, pointing 
out toward the open sea. It was true. The wind 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 163 

had fallen until the ocean lay undulating in long 
streaks of near-colors, off-shades of purple, yellow, 
blue, and crimson like watered silk. A mile away 
the snowy sails of a square-rigged yacht reflected 
the dazzling light of the setting sun. All was still 
save for the slow splash of the waves against the 
rocks and the chirp of birds in the bushes about 
them. Overhead the sky was an arc of deepest 
blue. 

"This is the real immortality 1" muttered Par- 
radym. 

Tom was only conscious that his associate had 
said something. He was looking, to be sure, in 
the direction of the sea, but all he saw was the ap 
pealing face of Lulie Wingate. 

"I beg your pardon what was it you said?" 
he asked. 



XV 

"GOT everything you want?" 

Allyn had popped his head in at the door of 
Tom s room, where he found the latter assisted 
by a valet hastily getting into his dress clothes. 
In reality the valet was only in the way, since Tom 
had not the remotest idea what use to make of 
him and found it very inconvenient when he wanted 
to put on his trousers to have the fellow clinging 
to their legs. It seemed almost as much of a 
" stunt" to get into them as to leap through a hoop, 
but he presently discovered that, after you had 
inserted your leg, the valet released that particular 
trouser at the precise moment requisite to enable 
you to get it through to the floor instead of leaving 
the limb suspended in mid-air. Even then the 
process savored of skipping rope. 

"You bet I have and more!" answered Tom, 
buttoning his suspenders in front while the valet 
performed that office for him behind. "I hope 
I m not late?" 

Allyn took out a small watch the thickness of a 
cheese-knife. 

"It s only eight o clock," he said. "The carriages 
aren t ordered until quarter past." 

"Don t you dine at eight?" 

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THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 165 

"Oh, nobody ever gets anywhere before eight- 
thirty. What would be the use? Some one would 
be sure to be late and keep everybody else waiting." 

Allyn filled himself a glass of whiskey and soda 
from the sideboard, and lit a cigarette at the al 
cohol-burner. 

"Lord, yes! Time to burn! Have a drink?" 
Tom nodded. " Give Mr. Kelly a Scotch-and-soda," 
Allyn added to the valet, who having obeyed, re 
moved himself. 

"Here s howl" remarked Tom, taking a long 
pull at his glass. Smacking his lips, he gazed ap 
preciatively around the apartment. "By the way, 
who is Parradym?" he asked casually. 

"Parradym? Oh, he s a good-natured, easy 
going sort of chap rather cynical, but kind-hearted 
and keen as a razor. I tell you, nothing gets by 
old Parry! He could make a lot of money if he 
wanted to work, but he doesn t want to. He s 
been everywhere, seen everything, read every book 
ever written, knows everybody, but is poor as a 
church-mouse. Nobody knows exactly who he is, 
and I guess he isn t anybody exactly. They say 
he writes for the magazines and newspapers under 
a nom de plume, and manages to get along in that 
way, but he only needs enough to pay for his wash 
because he spends most of his time visiting or play 
ing golf on the Riviera. He told me once his entire 
winter had cost him less than a thousand francs. 
But I d trust him with my last sou and follow his 
advice even if it led me over a cliff." 



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"I wonder if it ever would lead you over a cliff !" 
mused Tom. 

"Why do you say that?" 

"Oh, I don t know! Just a thought of mine." 

"You re right!" replied Allyn. "I chose a bad 
illustration. Parradym s advice wouldn t ever lead 
you over a cliff. On the contrary, it can always be 
followed with perfect safety. It is the gospel of 
expediency raised to its nth power so much so that 
at times it almost seems to be idealistic rather 
than utilitarian. You remember Phil, 4 ? The 
idio-psychological theory of ethics, and all that 
rot? To be perfectly frank, I should say that the 
only danger from poor Parry would be that, if you 
followed his advice, you might remain quite com 
fortable when you ought to go on over the cliff 
you remember 

" Twere man s perdition to be safe 
When for the Truth he ought to die ! J) 

This sudden flash startled Tom. 

"Why, Allyn!" he cried, "do you believe that? 
I thought you were a rank materialist!" 

Allyn smiled rather wearily. 

"I haven t the remotest idea what I am," he 
answered as he emptied his glass and replaced it 
on the sideboard. "And even if I had, I d prob 
ably be mistaken." 

"I don t understand," said Tom. "How could 
you be mistaken, if you knew what you were?" 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 167 

"Why, I mean that I might think I was one 
thing and all the time be something else. My 
reason might lead me to accept a certain set of 
conclusions as sound, and my instinct would lead 
me to follow another. I might be an egoist in theory 
and an idealist by nature. Sometimes I suspect 
that s the way it is with Parry. Hell preach a 
doctrine of utter selfishness and give away his last 
quarter to a drunken tramp to hurry him along 
to the bone-yard, 7 as he says." 

"Whatever he is, I guess he s a wise old guy!" 
answered Tom. "I never knew you thought about 
such things, Allyn !" 

"Think about em!" groaned Allyn, suddenly 
turning upon Tom, the black circles around his 
eyes showing in strong contrast against the pallor 
of his skin. "With me it s just the other way round. 
I ve got a chronic, burning thirst. I drink. I have 
to or I d go crazy. But do you suppose I believe 
in it? No, I don t! In theory I m a teetotaler. 
I m for the grape-juice and soft stuff. But that s 
all the good it does me ! I d go shouting for pro 
hibition at the head of the procession, and just 
naturally turn into the first saloon. That is, my 
feet would, but my head wouldn t. However, I d 
get the drink. That s the instinct the craving 
of the body, that drives me along, just as some 
other fellow s instinct would drive him along over 
the cliff maybe when he knew or thought he knew 
that he was an ass for going." 

"Mrs. Scott sent me up to say that the carriage 



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was waiting," said the valet appearing at the door, 
and both boys ran hastily down the corridor. 

In the hall were Mrs. Wingate and Parradym, 
the host and hostess having already gone along, 
while at the door stood two broughams, their lamps 
lighted. 

"Jump in with Lulie, Tom!" directed Allyn. 
"I ll probably drop over to the Welfleets along 
about eleven. See you then, old man." 

Mrs. Wingate was already lifting her skirt to 
get into the first carriage and displaying in the 
process a ravishingly slender ankle. She turned 
and glanced over her shoulder at Tom. 

"Will you follow me?" she asked archly. 

"Anywhere!" answered Tom for her ear alone, 
yet he felt that he would have proclaimed it joy 
ously from the housetops with all the world lis 
tening. He sprang up the steps and seated himself 
beside her, his body tingling as he felt his arm touch 
ing the delicate texture of her white wrap, from 
which her face gleamed like that of a gypsy; and 
he turned intending to cast a glance of scorn at 
Parradym through the open window. The ruddy 
countenance of that gentleman was already there, 
however. 

"Deal gently with the boy, Lulie!" said Parra 
dym good-humoredly. "I have told him you were 
a Serpent of Old Nile!" 

The brougham started forward, leaving the win 
dow vacant and crushing Tom deliciously against 
his companion. 



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"I I think they are all perfectly horrid to you !" 
he blurted out excitedly. "But I want you to 
know that I m on your side!" 

He dared not look at her as he made this declara 
tion. But he gloried in the fact that he was fol 
lowing his instinct. Had not Allyn said that in 
stinct inevitably presided over mere intelligence? 
That was the case now with him. She was in his 
eyes a captive princess misunderstood slighted, 
abused, and he was already her champion. 

"I knew you understood, the first time we met 
at tea," she answered with gratitude. "It is so 
hard, if one cares for the things that are really 
worth while, to find any sympathy here. So I am 
quite lonely. My mother could not possibly un 
derstand how I could wish to read a book, for ex 
ample. You recall how they all attributed some 
ulterior purpose to my being in the garden." 

"I m glad I saw you first that way!" said Tom 
tenderly. "I shall never forget how you looked 
sitting there with the sunlight in your hair! How 
strange I never knew Allyn had a sister!" 

"He might as well not have any!" she retorted 
bitterly. "You see how I m made to feel like an 
interloper, or at least like an unwelcome guest, as 
if somehow / were entirely to blame for my unfor 
tunate marriage. But we mustn t talk of these 
unpleasant things!" she added gently. "We must 
be gay and happy in order to make a proper 
entrance into this grand mansion of chattering 
fools. You will tire of all this in a week. How 



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I envy you your splendid youth, your future 
your work!" 

Tom was not aware that he had mentioned any 
of his plans for the future, but her tone was enough 
to lead him to renew fervently his vows of loyalty; 
yet mingled with his real admiration for her and 
the flame of passion which she aroused was the 
conscious satisfaction that he, Tom Kelly, was 
actually making love to a beautiful three million 
dollar heiress and getting along rather better than 
could have been expected. It quite went to his 
head. If he could do this with her think of all 
the other and less distinguished girls! But he 
must be true! A little fun merely the mildest 
flirting with others. He could hardly control 
his voice as the carriage paused to allow another, 
immediately preceding it, to roll away around the 
brilliantly lighted circle in front of an enormous 
house, the verandas of which, as well as the grounds, 
were hung with Chinese lanterns. 

"The house of Mammon!" whispered Mrs. Win- 
gate bitterly. 

A groom snapped open the door and saluted. 

"Carriages are being ordered for one o clock," 
he said. 

"Heavens!" muttered Tom. "It doesn t take 
five hours to eat dinner, does it?" 

Lulie Wingate threw him a protecting smile. 

"There will be dancing, afterward; you can 
stay if you wish. But I am tired of it. Be here 
at eleven, Jules." 

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of whom directed them to opposite sides of the 
great entrance hall, and when Tom emerged from 
the reception-room he found her already waiting 
for him. He hesitated as to whether he should 
offer her his arm as they followed the butler to the 
door of the drawing-room, but decided against it 
since Mrs. Wingate seemed inclined to lead the 
way by herself. A veritable tumult was going on 
inside the threshold so deafening that the voice 
of the butler, shouting "Mrs. Wingate," made no 
impression upon it whatever. He bent over in 
quiringly toward Tom, who gave him his name. 

" Mr. Perry!" bellowed the man defiantly at 
the throng. 

Then hurrying forward came a stout, red-faced 
lady in a white gown who seized Mrs. Wingate s 
hand and cried hoarsely: "So glad to see you, Lulie ! 
So nice of you to come, dear! and this is Mr. 
Kelly! Come over and let me introduce you to 
some of these pretty girls ! " 

Tom had received an envelope in the coat-room 
containing a tiny sheet of crested note-paper which 
informed him in French that he was requested to 
escort one Miss Selby to dinner. He had also ac 
quired a cocktail in the dressing-room, and in con 
sequence felt quite at home even rather superior; 
and this confidence was not impaired, as he followed 
his hostess through the crowd and received a con 
fused impression of the appearance of most of the 
men. There really wasn t anybody that looked 
like much a lot of little "Willies" with pointed 
waxed mustaches and pink cheeks, and old codgers 



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with "bow- windows," heavy jowls, and fishy eyes. 
He recognized and nodded somewhat patroniz 
ingly to Pennington, and later, at table, to Gather- 
wood. He had not expected to see them, and he 
observed with pride the obvious interest taken in 
himself by their fair companions. 

He began to realize that he was something of 
a celebrity a little lion, for the time being, and he 
had the perspicacity to see that he must make hay 
while the sun shone and seize the opportunities of 
the moment. 

"Miss Selby Mr. Kelly: Be nice to him, 
Pauline 1" and his hostess waddled away leaving 
him standing in front of a pretty, if somewhat 
Junoesque, young blonde. Tom took the hand ex 
tended to his, and received a firm grip. The girl 
had warmth, directness, and a certain kind of dash 
that was distinctly attractive. It was rather plain 
that she was a little spoiled, probably wilful, and 
knew exactly what she wanted. It was equally 
obvious that she was glad to have Tom as her 
partner at dinner, and she took pains to let her 
satisfaction be seen by her less fortunate com 
panions in the slight touch of proprietorship which 
she injected into her manner and remarks. 

"I m like Red-Top seeing the world, " said 
Tom, smiling. "Didn t you have Baby-Days 
when you were a child? And don t you remember 
the picture of the chick who started out on his 
career and got lost?" 

" Red-Top ? Was that the chick s name?" 



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inquired Pauline, innocently lifting her eyes in 
the direction of Tom s wavy locks. 

He laughed. 

"I didn t mean to suggest that the analogy was 
so close, but I see it strikes you." 

"Do you feel like Red-Top ?" she asked good- 
naturedly. 

"This is my first appearance in smart society," 
he answered, "and I m naturally a bit out of my 
depth. If you see me drowning please pull me 
ashore and give me first aid ?" 

They were already on an easy footing and Tom 
congratulated himself that he was getting along 
very well. Pauline introduced him to two or three 
manifestly cordial young women standing near 
them, and when the move was made to the dining- 
room he felt entirely at ease. He had no difficulty 
in guiding his Miss Selby to her place, for the butler 
stood at the door and directed them where to go, 
and his chair had no sooner been pushed in by the 
footman in powdered hair behind him than the 
dinner began to be served. 

Although fast getting used to luxury, Tom was 
actually aghast at the reckless extravagance dis 
played in what appeared to be regarded by those 
around him as a simple entertainment. Twelve 
flunkeys waited upon the twenty-eight guests, 
most of whom were young men and girls of about 
his own age, with a sprinking of oldish bachelors. 
The table was profusedly decorated with orchids 
and roses, and loaded with the hothouse s finest 



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fruit. Russian caviare served in ice-blocks, green- 
turtle soup, Pompano, mousse of an indefinable 
and delicious savor, magnificent saddles of lamb, 
elaborate salads concealed in the interior of gigantic 
specimens of fruit, golden plover, and complicated 
ices of the form and size of swans, constituted a 
menu which would have been appropriate to the 
coronation of an Emperor. Tom ate from gold 
plate and drank from rock-crystal, and he ate and 
drank freely, enjoying it all, not observing that 
comparatively few of the young guests seemed to 
take any interest in the Lucullian viands offered 
them. The noise in the dining-room was inten 
sified by much shouting across the table and bois 
terous laughter on the part of most of the men. 
In fact, noise seemed to be the recognized ther 
mometer of enjoyment. Only with difficulty could 
Tom hear what Miss Selby was saying or make 
himself heard in reply. One man in particular 
succeeded in creating an overwhelming din by his 
own unaided attempts to liven up the already lively 
party, and his raucous trumpetings could be heard 
rising high above the other uproar as he turned, 
in eccentric jumps from side to side, shrieking his 
witticisms so that none of them should be lost, 
his flaccid face flushed with champagne. Tom 
became somewhat dizzy from the glare of the elec 
tric lights and almost faint from the heaviness of 
the air. Once his eyes found those of Lulie Win- 
gate beyond a huge bed of flaming orchids and she 
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as if in deprecation of the scene about them. But 
in spite of the blur that kept coming across his 
vision he experienced a strange exhilaration. He 
felt almost as if he were taking part in some bar 
baric ceremonial. The hubbub was like the frenzied 
shouting of fanatics before some heathen altar, and 
the odor of the food like the incense offered to some 
great and terrible god. 

When at last the feast was over, it was with a 
sense of physical relief that he followed his host 
out upon the veranda and let the soft, damp air 
from the ocean play about his temples. A footman 
offered him cigars and cigarettes, but he declined 
them. He must keep his wind in shape for the 
tournament. The tournament! He had almost 
forgotten it in the excitement incident to his ad 
vent in this giddy social whirl. To-morrow he 
would go into strict training. Yet he knew in his 
heart that the attention he was receiving, the 
lavishness he saw about him, the recognition that 
was his for the first time, the discovery that, in 
spite of his poverty he counted was somebody 
in the great world, the larger vision of the material 
life, was more to him than the mere winning of 
any tournament. The championship was all very 
well, but you couldn t make a living by playing 
tennis. Now that he was one of these swells these 
rich and powerful personages who ran things to 
whom money was nothing was there anything he 
couldn t have? Why shouldn t he make friends 
with these men his host Welfleet, for instance, 



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get solid with him, and feather his nest? Old Par- 
radym seemed to have a pretty snug time of it! 
It shouldn t be difficult for him, Tom, to do the 
same thing. 

Pondering thus, he was joined presently by Cath- 
erwood and Pennington, who insisted on dragging 
him off to a near-by group of men of about his own 
age and introducing him as the coming victor in 
the national tournament. These young fellows evi 
dently regarded themselves as the jeunesse doree of 
New York and Newport society, as doubtless they 
were, for their conversation dwelt exclusively upon 
the more private social happenings of those places, 
save when it hovered with significant innuendoes 
over back stairs and stage entrances. Tom was ac 
customed to the ubiquitous use of Christian names 
at college, but he was amazed to discover that not 
only did these gallant youths assume an attitude of 
the greatest familiarity with himself and with each 
other, but that they seemed to be on an intimate 
footing with all the adults, male and female, in 
the select circle of the Four Hundred. Elderly 
persons, who apparently had a considerable amount 
of personal dignity, were referred to easily as 
"Bobby" This and "Daisy" That, much as the 
man in the street refers to his favorite race-horse, 
actress, or prize-fighter. An atmosphere of omnis 
cience in regard to social and sporting life hung 
over the circle. Most of the boys were not twenty- 
five years old, yet their talk was mostly of gam 
bling houses and demi-mondaines. They seemed to 



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view Tom much as wealthy patrician youths of 
ancient Rome might have regarded a well-recom 
mended gladiator since he appeared strong in wind 
and limb they accorded him their approval and 
received him in a friendly fashion for the time 
being into their midst. 

The freedom also with which they discussed the 
intimate domestic affairs of their friends and their 
friends fathers and mothers shocked him. He 
had thought himself quite a man of the world be 
fore; had himself indulged in a good deal of cheap 
and pretentious talk about people in Boston and 
Brookline whom he hardly knew; but this was 
well raw! It was one thing to refer to an el 
derly married man by his first name "Freddy," 
for instance but openly to discuss his allowance 
to a notorious vaudeville artiste and his quarrels 
with her predecessor seemed to savor of indelicacy. 
The anecdotes exchanged were perhaps no more 
vulgar than those he had heard at his table in 
Memorial Hall, but there was a cynicism in the 
way they were told that made them seem doubly 
salacious. In a word, the tone was low. The 
conversation seemed to have become hopelessly 
" mired." Even the discussion of athletics was 
so colored by betting talk of big sums wagered 
and lost on the most trifling events that the sport 
itself seemed a secondary consideration. And there 
were, besides, half-jocular references to the matri 
monial prospects of the young ladies whose society 
they had but recently enjoyed at dinner. Tom 



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heard the probable fortunes of several of these 
girls openly estimated, as well as those of their 
parents. And there was also a good deal of malicious 
gossip commonly referred to as slander, but better 
described as character murder. In this gentle art 
these young gentlemen had already acquired a 
fine Italian hand. They spared no one. When 
other subjects waned, they returned to it with re 
newed zest. The stab was veiled, but if the thrust 
was usually behind the arras, poor old Polonius 
was ultimately dragged forth a victim. 

But if Tom was startled, he listened, none the 
less, with passionate eagerness to all that he heard. 
It tickled his vanity to feel himself on such a fa 
miliar footing with the great, or those who walked 
with them. This was a "young" party, but at any 
rate his companions all these youths and maid 
ens were the pages and flower-girls, the court 
iers or avant-couriers of royalty. He gathered 
that there was a richer world beyond even than 
this ! What marvels lay behind those other doors 
as yet closed? If these were the children, what of 
the parents? He flattered himself that it would 
take but little practice on his part to talk as glibly 
as these other fellows. Apparently, no mental ac 
quirement was necessary. Politics, art, philosophy, 
books, were not touched upon. To be shaven, 
bathed, well-tailored, to have your hair parted in 
the middle, to wear a white waistcoat, and a dress 
shirt with pearl studs imitation, perhaps to look 
pleasant and have a ready smile, these were all 



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the essentials for admission into the palaces of 
the great. So far as Tom could see there was noth 
ing about these men, save their strict adherence 
to convention in the matter of manners and dress, 
to differentiate them from any other youths of their 
own age, except the fact that they were the guests 
of Mrs. Welfleet in Newport, Rhode Island, instead 
of being the guests of Mrs. Smith of somewhere else. 

At the end of half an hour or so the orchestra 
began tuning up in a pavilion which had been erected 
for the occasion on the Welfleets extensive lawn, 
and the party on the veranda broke up, some of 
the men returning to the drawing-room, but the 
majority floating toward the library, where tables 
had been prepared for bridge and poker. 

Tom, diffident about entering a hall full of com 
parative strangers and somewhat doubtful as to 
his knowledge of the art of dancing as practised in 
Newport, wandered away among the Japanese 
lanterns until the ball should begin, and he could 
have an opportunity to observe in what respect the 
manners of the Four Hundred differed from those 
of the Back Bay. 

A few adventurous couples had already found 
their way to the pavilion and were taking advantage 
of the unimpeded floor. The glare of lights, the 
rattle of harness, and the noise of carriages, with 
the shouts of the coachmen, came through the 
shrubbery from the near-by drive. The guests at 
other dinner-parties were "coming on" to Mrs. 
Welfleet s. The babel of voices in the house had 



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increased to nearly double its previous volume. 
The halls were full of the newly arrived, whose 
boisterous greetings, rising sharply above the strains 
of the orchestra, penetrated the night. 

Soon the ample rooms could no longer contain 
the plethora of guests who surged out upon the 
piazza and near-by lawn. There began to be a 
concerted motion toward the pavilion. Tom, feel 
ing that he must not lose this opportunity of ex 
tending his acquaintance, sauntered gradually in 
the same direction, looking for Miss Selby. He had 
already accepted her invitation to take lunch on 
her father s yacht next day, and he regarded her 
as a sort of social sponsor, a part which she was 
obviously quite ready to play. 

He had half a dozen dances with Pauline, who 
graciously permitted several of her friends to share 
his acquaintance while maintaining a general super 
vision over his career, and he was introduced to 
some thirty or forty young ladies of various degrees 
of physical attractiveness. But in all this riot of 
wealth and beauty he saw no one who in his eyes 
compared for an instant with Lulie Wingate in 
charm, looks, or breeding. Besides these sunburned 
blondes she was like an alluring S emir amis or some 
mysterious Queen of the Night from whom floated 
an elusive and intoxicating charm. 

She was not among the dancers in the pavilion, 
and as he looked for her he suddenly recalled the 
fact that she had ordered her carriage for eleven 
o clock. He felt a sudden contrition, coupled with 



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fear, lest he should have offended her. He ran back 
to the house and sought her through all the rooms, 
but she was not there she had gone home prob 
ably. But in answer to his question the butler 
told him positively that Mrs. Wingate had not 
gone home, that her groom was still waiting at 
the front door. The drawing-room was practically 
empty and she was not among those gathered around 
the card-tables in the library. Puzzled, he returned 
to the pavilion. Perhaps she was sitting, waiting 
for him somewhere expecting him to look for her. 
Tom innocently began to extend his search amid 
the shrubbery, but although he flushed several 
couples sitting in the darkness, Lulie was not to 
be found. He was by this time at the farther end 
of the lawn beyond the circle of the Japanese lan 
terns. A warm humid breath ascended from the 
friendly earth, making him think of Cambridge 
of the heavy, moisture-laden night air of Brattle 
Street. How different all this was from the dull 
provincial college town ! Again his breast swelled 
with the delicious almost delirious consciousness 
that he, Tom Kelly, who had once regarded him 
self as a sort of "mucker," or at least as a social 
undesirable, had come, seen, and already partly 
conquered, this important outpost of the great 
world, was already an honored guest in the summer 
social centre of America, had found more than 
favor in the tender eyes of two beautiful women. 
It did not seem possible that all this could have 
happened to him. The strains of "The Blue 



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Danube" floated across the velvet grass. The night 
lacked but one joy he had not danced with Lulie ! 
Where could she be? If he could only find her, he 
might possibly persuade her to surrender her prej 
udices against the empty pleasures of society to 
the extent of letting him take her in his arms in 
the pavilion, of course. 

In this mood of self-satisfied exaltation he slowly 
turned and made his way through the shrubbery 
with the idea of returning to the house. He was 
now in a remote corner of the grounds where it 
was quite dark and where the orchestra could be 
heard but faintly, and he had progressed not more 
than a dozen steps when unexpectedly just in front 
of him the blackness was shattered by the flare of 
a match. Framed in the outline of a rustic summer- 
house appeared the figures of a man and a woman, 
their faces thrown into staccato relief. For the 
space of half a dozen seconds while the man was 
lighting a cigar Tom stood and watched them, 
hardly trusting his vision. There was no doubt 
about it ! The woman was Lulie Wingate ! 

Chagrin, disappointment, anger, possessed him 
alternately. What right had she a married woman 
to be off there in the dark, flirting with any man ? 
And then, as he stole silently off toward the house, 
the bitter realization came to him that if Mrs. Win- 
gate chose to sit in the dark in a summer-house it 
was no business of his. Any rights in the situa 
tion that he might have under the circumstances 
must necessarily arise out of some unformulated 



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and unrecognized relationship which had come 
into existence between them. Was there any such? 
He had known her barely eight hours. She was 
an older if not much older woman, with a hus 
band. What could he, Tom Kelly, have in common 
with her? And yet his fierce blaze of wrath at the 
sight of her with another man told him that in 
some vague way he had linked himself with her in 
his thoughts, had promised himself some sort of ro 
mantic adventure, innocent or even otherwise, and 
he was furious that it was not to be, furious at the 
discovery that she had played with him, tricked 
and fooled him like the half-baked college boy that 
he was. 

Still in a blind rage, he stumbled into Allyn on 
the steps of the veranda. His friend s face was 
flushed and his eyes had an unnatural and restless 
glimmer. In addition he had obviously an irre 
sistible desire to talk, for his words tumbled in 
a steady, uninterrupted burble from his lips. This 
was a damn stupid party, he informed Tom, just 
like all these parties. There was nothing in it. 
A lot of young asses, foolish girls, and silly old 
women. He knew where he could have a real 
time "understan a real time!" But, first he 
lowered his tone confidentially they would go 
to a nice little place sort of club, you know 
where there would be only a few good fellows like 
themselves, and where they could have a quiet 
drink and play the wheel. 

Although Tom realized that Allyn was in no 



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condition to go to a gambling-house, he was quite 
ready to cast all such considerations aside must 
see everything he told himself study the whole 
game from start to finish and Allyn was no worse 
off drunk than sober. To hell with everything, 
anyway! They d make a night of it. In this 
frame of mind he sought out Allyn s groom, or 
dered up the brougham and climbed into it. Lulie 
could take care of herself, his friend assured him. 
Let her go home alone. She d find an escort fast 
enough, and if she didn t it wouldn t hurt her. 

Thus ended, or rather began, Tom s first night 
in Newport. 



XVI 

TOM awoke to an unwonted sense of comfort. 
Even the persistent aching of his head did not 
mar his delicious sensations as he lay there between 
the fine hand-embroidered sheets of his bed in the 
" royal suite." He had never occupied such a couch 
before. At home in Newbury Street all the beds 
had wooden slats with thin, sandwich-like mat 
tresses crushed solid by generations of use, and at 
college he had slept upon a similar mattress with 
only the substitution of a sagging spring instead 
of the wooden slats. He had usually been so tired 
that it had not mattered, but half-submerged in 
the soft and dainty voluptuousness of his present 
accommodations he now realized that the beds 
which he had previously enjoyed had, without 
exception, been hard and slinky. This was like 
lying on a cloud. One did not want to move, still 
less to get up. Drowsily he wondered how one 
managed to get breakfast. At home one arose, 
walked gingerly across the faded grass matting, 
and poured out the water necessary for washing 
from a heavy white pitcher into a thick white bowl 
on a wooden wash-stand, whose once varnished sur 
face exhibited a hundred intersecting and concentric 
circles caused by damp tooth-mugs and similar 

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receptacles. In spite of the feast of which he had 
partaken the night before, Tom discovered that 
he was hungry, the reason for which was presently 
indicated by the chiming of a small French time 
piece upon the mantel. Eleven o clock ! 

Tom had rarely slept so late in his life before. 
But it did not seem particularly late now. There 
was nothing to get up for, except to lunch on the 
Selbys yacht at one o clock, and that was two 
hours away. He could lie in bed another hour if 
he chose. His eye travelled across the heavy mono 
grams on the linen to a satin quilt hanging over 
the foot of the bed, thence to a wadded Japanese 
dressing-gown and slippers placed near by, and 
finally to the naked Grecian beauty emerging from 
her bath in the Ionian Sea. By a natural connota 
tion he saw himself likewise enjoying a refreshing 
bath in the porcelain tub in the adjacent room. 
How cool and delightful it would be! And he 
would try some of those other strange hygienic 
artifices, such as the needle bath. 

He threw back the sheets and swung his silk- 
pajamaed legs over the side of the bed until his feet 
lost themselves in the soft fur of a rug. Then, as 
he was about to stand up, his eye caught a thin 
block of onyx lying upon the night-table wherein 
were imbedded three mother-of-pearl buttons 
marked, in small gold letters, "Butler," "Servants 
Hall," "Valet." The words "Servants Hall" 
suggested breakfast. He had read about places 
where one breakfasted in bed, but he had never 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 187 

enjoyed that luxury himself. Surely here, if any 
where, he could assume that such a custom existed. 
Perhaps the same man who brought the breakfast 
could explain how to work the different faucets 
in the bathroom. He pressed the button marked 
" Valet," and sank back again among the down 
pillows. 

The window-shutters had been closed and only 
slight streaks of sunlight were visible upon the 
walls. The air of the room was heavy with odors 
from the garden and the faint smell of silk up 
holstery. A moment or two only seemed to elapse 
before there was a subdued knock; the door opened, 
and the valet who had assisted him in dressing the 
night before entered. Without greeting Tom, he 
first placed a freshly pressed suit of clothes upon 
a chair and then, stepping noiselessly to the win 
dows, threw open the blinds. Instantly the room 
was flooded with sunlight, so that Tom was almost 
blinded. He closed his eyes and turned over com 
fortably. The man evidently knew what to do, 
and would undoubtedly keep on going until he was 
stopped. Tom could hear him doing something 
in the bathroom, and presently there came a rush 
and swirl of water. Then the man suddenly ap 
peared beside the bed and said deferentially: 

"Will you have breakfast before, or after, your 
bath, sir?" 

"Oh, I think I ll eat first," answered Tom, for 
he was not sure whether it would be good form to 
get back into bed after he had once left it. 



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"Shall I wash your face, sir?" inquired the man 
in a matter-of-fact tone. 

Tom was genuinely shocked. Was it humanly 
possible that fellows existed who would allow a 
servant to swab their faces as they lay in bed? 

"No, thanks!" he retorted almost contemp 
tuously. 

"Very good, sir," continued the valet. "Will 
you have a little something to drink, sir, before 
you have your breakfast? How about a split of 
champagne? Mr. Allyn is very apt to take one, 
sir; I can bring it in a jiffy." 

The idea of drinking champagne on an empty 
stomach before he had got out of bed also staggered 
Tom s mental equipment. Rather than permit 
the valet to suspect, however, that it was not his 
habitual custom, he would unhesitatingly have 
risked the results, had it not so happened that 
champagne at that particular moment was the 
last thing in the world that he desired. 

"No," he said, "I don t think I want anything 
to drink. What have you got for breakfast?" 

"We have tea, coffee, and chocolate," replied 
the valet glibly. "Melons, oranges, blackberries 
and raspberries, peaches and plums, cereals, eggs, 
bacon, chicken hash, lamb chops, sausages, hot 
rolls, corn bread, toast, white and graham and 
health bread. Would you kindly mention what 
you would prefer?" 

Tom tried to remember as much of the menu 
as he could. It dimly suggested an apotheosized 



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"Beefsteak, codfish and cream rare or well done" 
the prehistoric menu at the "Mountain Home 
House"! 

"Oh," he yawned, "bring me a piece of melon, 
corn bread and coffee, and some scrambled eggs 
with sausages and bacon. That will hold me for 
a while, I guess. You haven t got any griddle- 
cakes have you?" 

"I can ask the chef to make some for you," said 
the valet. "But we haven t them ready, sir." 

"Never mind. Don t bother," remarked Tom 
affably, not inclined to be captious, yet at the same 
time desirous that the valet should know that if 
he did not see what he wanted he was quite ready 
to ask for it, that all these little things were part 
of his ordinary daily life, and that he was quite 
to the manor born. 

The valet disappeared and Tom continued to 
doze luxuriously. Taken altogether, his recollec 
tions of the night before, though somewhat con 
fused, were by no means unpleasant. His experi 
ences with Allyn had been negative, and in spite 
of his chagrin at discovering Mrs. Wingate in the 
darkness of the Welfleets lawn with another man, 
the significance of this incident now seemed less 
marked than it had at the time. Frankly, he told 
himself, there was no reason why she should not 
have been there. It was hardly natural to suppose 
that he was her only admirer. Yet she certainly 
had given him encouragement! More encourage 
ment than he had ever received from Evelyn ! Lulie 



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might be said almost to have openly made love 
to him. As he lay with half-closed lids he could 
hear again the soft murmurs of her voice with their 
almost plaintive cadences, see the wistful, alluring 
glances from those entreating eyes. Was she a 
little devil, after all ? Parradym had said so. Allyn 
had practically admitted as much. Well, what 
if she was? He chuckled with lazy satisfaction. 
He had certainly made a success of it at the Wei- 
fleets dinner-dance ! Quite the lion ! All the girls 
had seemed to want to meet him; all the men had 
been cordially deferential. He was going to make 
good at Newport, socially at any rate, and if he 
did make good ! There was no end to it, apparently. 
And part of the good time was knowing girls like 
Lulie Wingate. How ravishing she had looked 
yesterday afternoon sitting in the shade of the 
hedge by the sun-dial. He wondered if she made 
a practice of coming to the spot at the same hour 
each day. If so, they would have a trysting-place. 
His mind rapidly took long leaps. The fact that 
she was a married woman would make a liaison 
perfectly safe. He wondered when he should next 
see her. How far his thoughts might have taken 
him is problematical, but at that moment the valet 
returned carrying a tray covered with a fine damask 
cloth and loaded with china and shining silver. 
From the closet he produced two scarlet cushions, 
which he tucked behind Tom s back, and a small 
white wooden rack with folding legs, which he super 
imposed across the lower half of Tom s body. Then 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 191 

he placed the tray upon the rack and stood at at 
tention. 

"If you miss anything, I will be just outside, 
sir," and he departed, leaving the door slightly 
ajar. 

Tom surveyed the contents of the tray with 
gratification. The china was of the most trans 
parent sort, decorated with a delicate tracery of 
birds and flowers. In front reposed the half of a 
luscious hothouse melon, and beside it a small 
tumbler of orange juice. Flanking the melon was 
a plate of cereal and beneath a silver cover he found 
the most deliciously prepared scrambled eggs, in 
which were embedded tiny sausages not much larger 
than cigarettes. There was also a saucer contain 
ing rolls of sweet butter interspersed with slivers 
of cracked ice, a plate of smoking corn muffins, and 
a silver dish of crisp bacon. The finishing touch 
was supplied by a box of Turkish cigarettes and a 
silver alcohol-lamp already lighted. 

Tom poured himself out a full cup of aromatic 
coffee, tempered it with hot milk through a silver 
strainer, and added a touch of oozy cream. Having 
devoured everything edible upon the tray in the 
space of about six minutes, he leaned back with his 
head against the scarlet cushions and lit a cigarette. 
"The height of luxury!" Now he knew what it 
was! It was to recline among down cushions in 
your pajamas at eleven o clock in the morning, 
smoking a Turkish cigarette "made" (so the box 
stated) "from selected leaves grown in sunny corners 



1 92 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

of the walls of Smyrna, " with the breath of a rose- 
garden floating in through the window, with your 
stomach lined with sausages composed "of little 
pigs and choice spices/ scrambled eggs studded 
with truffles, mushrooms, and chicken livers, and 
hothouse melons at three dollars apiece ! 

"I wonder what Bridget would say if she could 
see me now," remarked Tom to himself. 

Then he added to the door in a loud and some 
what bullying tone: "Hello there! Is my bath 
ready?" 

Tom, togaed like some old Roman, emerged 
grandly from his bath, and reclining in a cosey 
chair and smoking another cigarette, meanwhile 
graciously permitted himself to be shaved by the 
valet, whom he discovered to be not only an adept 
in arts of haberdashery, but a manicure, masseur, 
and barber as well. In fact, he inspired such con 
fidence that Tom would not have hesitated to con 
sult him upon any difficult point in Newport eti 
quette or ethics which might have presented itself. 
Still assisted by this elegant professor of the physical 
humanities, he arrayed himself in his flannels, se 
lected a tie sporting the colors of the "Woolsack," 
and condescended to glance at the morning papers. 
In spite of his delicious breakfast and the fact that 
he had already smoked three exceptionally strong 
cigarettes, he felt a curious sensation of enervation 
a craving for something, he did not know exactly 
what and he poured himself out a Scotch and 
soda. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 193 

Quaffing this, he strolled windowward, to discover 
Parradym smoking his pipe in the rose-garden be 
low upon the same seat that Lulie had occupied 
the afternoon before. 

"Good morning/ said Parradym without look 
ing up. "Come down and take a sun-bath with 



me." 



There was something almost uncanny in the 
way this fat bachelor could apparently see out of 
the side of his head. 

"There s a staircase just outside your door 
to the left," he added. 

"All right," answered Tom, for although he was 
now convinced that he did not like Mr. Parradym 
he nevertheless found it difficult, if not impossible, 
to withstand the man s peculiar if possibly "ma 
licious animal" magnetism. He selected a couple 
of mild cigars, filled his cigarette-case, and descended 
to the rose-garden. He d get some points on the 
social game, anyhow on the Selbys, possibly. A 
rosy young patrician, he sauntered across the grassy 
circle to Parradym, who moved over to make room 
for him. 

"Great day!" remarked Tom with a touch of 
patronage. He, at any rate, was no sycophant. 
"What s the book?" 

Parradym held it up with a smile. It was a limp- 
covered copy of "Epictetus." 

"Oh, Lord!" growled Tom, "you might as well 
read the Bible and be done with it!" 

"A chapter or two of Ecclesiastes wouldn t be 



194 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

a bad introduction to Newport/ nodded the older 
man. "I don t suppose you re ready for it yet, 
though. In a year or so you ll be chasing around 
looking for your lost appetite. By the way, how 
was it this morning?" 

"Fine!" snapped our hero. 

Parradym looked at his watch. 

"I wonder how it will be for lunch," he chuckled. 
"Let a case-hardened old materialist give you a 
tip. Don t blunt the edge of your appetite at the 
start ! There s nothing on earth to beat a canvas- 
back cooked and served in its own gravy. You 
can have em here all you want just like every 
thing else. But if you eat too many of em, why, 
they taste no better than boiled fowl. Curious 
and disappointing, too!" 

"I haven t tasted any yet!" 

"No, they re out of season, of course! Not that 
that makes any difference here ! But it s the same 
way with anything hothouse melons, for example. 
Eat em three times a day for a week and you can t 
bear to look one in the face. And yet, unfortunately, 
it s so easy to get used to having them that one 
isn t happy without them. Therein lies one of the 
great problems. Question : Is it better to eat melons 
and miss them if you don t get them, or never to 
eat them and not to miss them? When you can 
answer that tell me, will you?" 

"I ll take a few melons, please." Tom stretched 
luxuriously. 

"That s what I thought," said Parradym. "Well, 



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it s easy to get them here. They fall right off the 
vines into your lap. Melons, plums, and peaches ! 
Only don t tell too many people, old chap. Don t 
spoil the market! Let s keep it to ourselves!" 

Tom flushed uncomfortably. He didn t care 
to be classed by Parradym with himself. But he 
recognized the truth of the latter s earlier remarks 
about satiety. In fact, the dinner at the Welfleets 
had been an astonishing example of it. 

"Guess you re right," he answered. "I suppose 
that dinner I went to last night cost at least a 
thousand dollars, but I didn t see any one there 
who seemed to enjoy eating it. I should say you 
might just as well have given them scrambled 
eggs." 

"Better!" said Parradym. "Everybody here 
is suffering from ennui old and young alike ! Even 
the children are bored to death. Your true social 
Newporter has no appetite for anything. They 
have exhausted everything the world has to offer 
in the way of legitimate amusement and luxury. 
Did you ever happen to think that that was the 
real danger of this sort of life? There s nothing 
legitimate straight decent that anybody has 
any taste left for, so they go after the other thing." 

"Do you really mean that?" demanded Tom. 

"It s as true as most generalities," replied Par 
radym. "Anyhow, that s the tendency. But"- 
and he slapped Tom on the knee "that s where 
you and I come in, my boy! These millionaires 
must have entertainment somebody to talk to, 



196 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

and their daughters have got to marry. And the 
supply of presentable males doesn t equal the de 
mand. Just look around you during the next few 
weeks ! Anything in trousers that isn t deaf, dumb, 
and blind, or that hasn t actually served a term in 
State s prison, can live here for nothing on golden 
plover and champagne, and when the season is 
over can spend the whiter cruising round the Med 
iterranean on somebody s yacht, and afterward 
marry the daughter, and the yacht, too. Really, 
it makes me blush !" 

"I should think it would !" said Tom disgustedly. 
Parradym s bald cynicism almost made him ill. 

"But the free ride is a dangerous game in some 
ways," continued his new friend without noticing 
Tom s tone. "And the first thing to look out for 
is the possibility that in a very short time you may 
not get any more fun out of it yourself that you ll 
be tired of the same scenery. Don t eat too many 
melons ! Go easy on the plover ! Don t get bored, 
because it s your stock in trade to be interest 
ing and interested. And then, my dear young 
man, you may be able to hang on like myself to a 
ripe old age, still moderately enjoying the dinners, 
the dances, the clambakes, the yachting, and the 
house-parties that will be furnished to you free 
gratis for nothing, simply because the lonely rich 
have got to have companionship. And then, too, 
when you are quite ready, you can take your 
pick of a hundred really beautiful and highly edu 
cated young girls and go to live on the Riviera on 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 197 

papa s money. Well, what do you think of the 
prospect?" 

Tom turned on him in righteous scorn. 

"I think you re a cold-blooded old snob!" he 
snorted. 

Parradym laughed softly. 

"Good!" he muttered under his breath. "Keep 
that up ! It s what I am, all right." 

And then Tom felt a sense of contrition. Par 
radym was an older man and a gentleman of a sort, 
and he had no right to insult him. 

"I beg your pardon!" he said stiffly. "I should 
not have spoken as I did. I apologize." 

"Bless your dear soul! What for?" asked Par 
radym. 



XVII 

A STEAM-LAUNCH, manned by two sailors and a 
petty officer in uniform, carried Tom magnificently 
to where lay the Pauline. His head was still weary 
from the strain, intestinal and nervous, of the pre 
ceding evening, so that the glare of the sunlight 
on the white sails of the yachts hurt his eyes, and 
he shaded them with his hand and looked through 
his ringers. The Selbys was one of the biggest of 
all of them, apparently. She lay apart from the 
others, her nose pointing seaward, smoke curling 
from her yellow funnels, and her propellers lazily 
churning the water at her stern into a swirling 
caldron. Tom could see a couple of officers stand 
ing on deck in anticipation of his arrival. It made 
him feel rather queer, almost afraid. It was the 
same sensation which he had experienced on his 
arrival at "Beausejour," only it was intensified. 
The yacht was clearly waiting for Mm. Without 
him it would not put to sea. He was, in truth, the 
controlling factor in the movements of it and of 
its owner for that day. Instinct told him that 
somehow this moment was big with fate. What 
made him a factor? And if the yacht hung upon 

his arrival to-day, might it not to-morrow, and 

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THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 199 

next year, and forever? It would be grand to have 
a yacht. Yet, why not? 

"All ready, sir," said the bos n, touching his 
cap, as the launch swept up to the gangway. 

Tom arose and, clutching the tassellated white 
cord which ran between the highly polished brass 
stanchions, climbed up the ladder. 

"Glad to see you, Mr. Kelly! Come right 
aboard !" 

A stout gentleman in blue coat and white flannel 
trousers, his yachting cap ornamented with a large 
gold monogram, was greeting Tom with an ex 
pansive smile and outstretched hand. The cap 
tain, beside him, saluted respectfully. 

"Hope you can put up with a family-party," 
apologized the owner of the yacht, who seemed 
anxious to give entire satisfaction. "But there s so 
much fuss and feathers on shore, we like to get off by 
ourselves occasionally an have a nice, quiet time." 

Mr. Selby repeated this with a stereotyped bland- 
ness which suggested the use of the formula on 
previous occasions. Without waiting for any reply 
he turned to the officer at his left: 

"All right, captain. Just a little run so s to get 
us back about five o clock. Be sure an don t go 
anywhere it s rough." 

Then he laid his hand familiarly on Tom s 
shoulder and led him toward the stern. 

"Mrs. Selby and my daughter are back there 
waitin for you," he said. "We ll have lunch as 
soon s the yacht gets started." 



200 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Tom was conducted by his host to where the 
cabin superstructure gave place to a roomy sweep 
of deck half piazza, half drawing-room for there 
were red-cushioned wicker easy-chairs, a large ta 
ble covered with books, magazines, and games, 
and an upright piano fastened beside the com- 
panionway. It was clear, even to Tom, that the 
owners of the yacht were not accustomed to go 
"where it was rough." A large, rotund lady was 
knitting in one of the chairs, and Pauline arose 
from another, looking charming in a white linen 
sailor-waist wide open at the neck. She shook 
hands with the same cordial definiteness which he 
had noticed the evening before, and presented Tom 
to her mother. 

"This is Mr. Kelly, mamma," she announced, 
quite as if she had said, "This is my new watch, 
mamma," and was giving "mamma" a chance to 
express her opinion of the new acquisition in spite 
of the fact that that opinion was wholly imma 
terial to the owner. 

Mrs. Selby wore habitually a distrait expression 
suggesting doubt and anxiety doubt as to exactly 
what was done by the best people under similar 
circumstances and anxiety lest her execution should 
fail to conform to the proper standards. This re 
sulted in her temporizing with herself, which con 
veyed a curious impression of indifference with 
inferiors of coldness. But essentially neither was 
Mrs. Selby a snob nor was her husband, for they 
made no pretenses, and simply offered to pay spot 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 201 

cash for what social goods they purchased as they 
went along. As they paid handsomely, demanding 
no discounts, they were accepted for what they 
were and, on the whole, were more liked than not; 
and as Pauline was undeniably a catch an only 
child, Selby s interest in his canning business being 
rated at several millions she went everywhere 
and was the dictatrix of a circle of her own, of which 
the two most willing slaves were her own father 
and mother. 

"Oh," said Mrs. Selby, hardly looking at Tom, 
"Pauline was telling us quite a lot about you. 
You re the tennis-player, ain t you?" 

"A kind of one!" answered Tom genially, feel 
ing that after all there was not much difference 
between these people and those he had known in 
his earlier boarding-house days. 

"He s going to win the national championship!" 
declared Pauline. "That is, if he doesn t get gas 
tric poisoning first," she added as a steward ap 
proached and announced that luncheon was served. 

"Well," Selby assured him, "your insides won t 
get hurt from what you eat on this yacht. The 
truck is delivered on board fresh every morning 
and so is the milk. No ptomaines here. And all 
the dry stuff is put up in glass at my own factory. 
Come on down!" He turned to the companion- 
way. 

"Papa always lugs in the factory, if he can!" 
laughed Pauline defiantly. "I don t blame him. 
It s a model one, the kind they send excursions of 



202 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

public-school children over. You see it advertised 
everywhere. Hot water and serve you know 
that sort of thing. But it s just as good a business 
as boys suits, or pickles, or ink, or plumbing fix 
tures. They re all represented here in the smartest 
circles. And as far as the old families go, most of 
them before 1860 were 5/a^e-traders, they tell me." 

She had a naive candor coupled with a sense of 
humor that was delightful to Tom, and he felt that 
she was a "good sport," with no pretenses, even if 
a trifle "bossy." But if the meal was hygienic it 
was none the less elaborate, and gave not the slightest 
indication of any of the ingredients being put up in 
glass or anything else. All the Selbys ate heartily 
of melons, clear soup, salmon, roast beef, salad, 
and dessert, and after everything else was served 
Mrs. Selby consumed three large peaches which 
she directed the steward to "cut up" for her. 

"I always did like peaches," she explained, with 
her mouth full of them. "Now, strawberries I 
like them, you know, but they don t like me ! And 
Mr. Selby can mix them up with lobster or cream 
or anything and never mind them at all." 

She wiped her lips minutely on a damask nap 
kin and arose with some difficulty. 

"Now don t stay down here smokin all this 
beautiful afternoon!" she remarked. "Why don t 
you have your cigars on deck?" 

"Oh, leave them alone, mamma," expostulated 
Pauline. "Only don t be long!" she ordered. 

"Give us a chance to get to know each other," 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 203 

said Mr. Selby, offering Tom a heavy cigar shaped 
like a miniature submarine. "We ve got all the 
afternoon to talk to you. Have a lick ure ? " 

Tom declined the liqueur. He was intensely in 
terested in the Selby menage. Here, apparently, 
was a family of which the parents were the plainest 
of plain people, without culture of any sort what 
ever, who were received as a matter of course in 
a society which he had always supposed to be the 
most select in America, and by contrast with which 
the smart set of the Back Bay seemed almost 
provincial. Unquestionably, his own mother was 
more of a real lady than Mrs. Selby. His mother 
had peculiarities, but Mrs. Selby was what was 
it exactly? lifeless. There didn t seem to be any 
spark in her magneto. She was always running on 
first speed grinding heavily along as if it were 
hard work. Yet, his mother had never known any 
body, outside of her church circle and her own 
dingy aunts and cousins, save the casual acquain 
tances of their peripatetic summer vacations; while 
Mrs. Selby had dukes to dinner. Her husband con 
fided this. In spite of that fact Tom lit the sub 
marine with a slight sense of doing his host a favor. 
Selby paid for his dukes, and he was paying for 
him, Tom Kelly. 

"Yes," remarked Mr. Selby, "Pauline wanted a 
yacht, so I picked this up second-hand. Just 
exactly as good as new, too! But Newport ain t 
Newport without the water. Give s you some 
thing to do in the afternoon, y understand ? I 



204 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

can t learn to play golf. I ve tried half a dozen 
times, and the damn game gets on my nerves. Pau 
line can play it, though! She s a fine girl, Mr. 
Kelly." 

With a certain sense of indelicacy Tom agreed 
with enthusiasm that Pauline was indeed a fine 
girl. Her father seemed pleased. Yes, he assured 
his guest, Pauline was a smart one. She could 
always wind her old dad around her little finger 
get anything she wanted out of him, or her mother 
either! Well, they hadn t anything to do except 
to make her happy. And she certainly did seem 
to be having a good time of it dancing-parties 
every night, picnics, and so on. She arranged all 
their dinners, paid the calls, attended to everything ! 
" Executive" that was what she was. He only 
hoped she wouldn t marry one of those puny little 
Johnnies you saw so many of. But it wasn t at 
all likely. Pauline wouldn t get fooled. You could 
bet your life on that. She d want a real man, not 
a wooden figure to drape clothes on. A few of those 
foreign fellers worried him at times they were good- 
looking and had a way with em. Some of the women 
went crazy over them. But he didn t propose to 
have any damned dago for a son-in-law. He wanted 
his girl to marry an American and stay right here 
at home where she belonged. Oh, she d take care 
of herself, all right. 

Tom was embarrassed by such frankness, a re 
flection of which was clearly perceptible in Pauline 
herself. He didn t want the old man s confidences. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 205 

He liked his daughter and his yacht and his cigars, 
but it stopped there. It was evident that he Tom, 
the erstwhile worm possessed something which 
money couldn t buy a pearl without price which 
could be exchanged at his own terms. Of course, 
no decent fellow would sink to the level of marry 
ing for money but if he did ! As Selby burbled 
on, Tom could not efface a vision of himself sitting 
there in state alone with Pauline her father and 
mother safely ashore bound for foreign climes, 
a winter on the Riviera, up the Nile, among the 
Ionian Isles a king and queen, able to do as they 
liked, by virtue of the inexhaustible flow of dividends 
from the Selby factory. It was like their adver 
tisement: "Just add hot water and serve!" Pau 
line was one of Parry s ripe peaches, ready and 
waiting to drop off the bough into his mouth. He 
needn t even take the trouble to raise his hand 
she d drop of herself. " Several millions !" A mil 
lion was forty or fifty thousand a year ! "Several" 
might be anywhere from three to six or seven, over 
a hundred thousand dollars a year, anyhow ! And 
all his, practically, to do what he liked with ! His 
heart beat excitedly at the humiliating thought. 
He could smoke cigars like that all the time ! And 
Pauline! He told himself that any man would 
be proud to have her for a wife. He felt sure that 
he could love Pauline, and he d give up his life to 
making her happy. He followed Mr. Selby up the 
companion way in a sort of delirium. "A hundred 
thousand a year! A hundred thousand a year!" 



206 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

kept echoing in his ears. A word from him, a dis 
creet period of hesitation, his name would be in 
the papers, and he would be " holding three million 
dollars in his arms." He d heard Catherwood get 
off that remark to Pennington, who had been danc 
ing with her the night before. Pennington? Come 
to think of it, that sly little Sam had been very at 
tentive, perhaps had his own plans in regard to the 
Selby fortune. But imagine a girl like Pauline 
marrying Pennington ! 

These thoughts were hovering in the background 
of Tom s mind as he followed Selby up the com- 
panionway and out upon the immaculate deck. 
The yacht was headed up the coast toward Martha s 
Vineyard and, while there was a refreshing breeze, 
the sea was calm and smiling. An occasional gull 
followed in their wake, at times almost motion 
less; then, giving a few lazy strokes, rising for a 
moment only to settle down with a squawk and 
flutter upon some invisible morsel. Overhead the 
sky was a soft, even blue, and all about them gleamed 
the sails of other yachts. Tom had the enjoyable 
sensation of perfect physical well-being. The weari 
ness in his head had vanished, his new clothes fitted 
him easily, and his feet in their rubber-soled shoes 
of white buckskin were deliciously comfortable. 
He could not help recalling the time less than 
fifteen months ago when he had always been 
dressed uncouthly, his trousers and sleeves too short, 
his cuffs frayed, his neckties faded, his shoes too 
tight and run down at the heels. And now he was 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 207 

as smart as anybody smarter, in fact! And the 
change had been brought about merely by the 
spending of a little money. The fact that he still 
owed most of the money gave him only slight un 
easiness a tiny fly in the amber of his self-satis 
faction that could easily be managed, he felt sure. 
Allyn would lend him a hundred or so without a 
thought, if he asked him; he could easily make a 
plausible excuse. He could not bring himself to 
speak to his mother about the money; she would 
think he was going straight to perdition. Perdi 
tion ? If he was, it was a pleasant place to go to ! 

"Well, here we are!" 

Mr. Selby, lighting another cigar, sank down 
into one of the wicker chairs. His wife looked up 
placidly from her knitting. 

"I don t see how you could stay down in that 
stuffy place!" she said. 

Tom went over to where Pauline sat with a book 
in her lap. 

"Don t you want to show me over the yacht?" 
he asked. 

"Yes, why don t you show Mr. Kelly around?" 
inquired her father. "It s a good chance now, when 
your mamma and I are feelin sort of sleepy." 

"Come along!" cried the girl, throwing down 
her book. "What do you want to see first?" 

"Everything! I want to see how it would feel 
to own one," answered Tom. 

"Oh, you ll own one some time," she asserted with 
conviction. "Every successful man owns a yacht." 



208 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"How do you know I ll be successful?" he in 
quired. 

"Oh, I don t know exactly," she laughed, "but 
I have that sort of feeling about you. I m sure 
you ll get whatever you want." 

She had led him as if by deliberate intention to 
a cushioned nook in the shadow of the bridge. 

"I can see all I want of the yacht from here," 
declared Tom. "What a bully place to sit!" 

"Isn t it? I had it fixed up just for myself. 
Mamma calls it Pauline s Paradise. It s a won 
derful place for dreaming." 

"Do you ever see visions?" he asked innocently. 

"I m afraid one could hardly call them that. 
They are just purely material expectations to 
morrow, next week, next month." 

"You like the life here, then?" 

"I love it!" she enthused. "Isn t it the best 
we have in America? Doesn t it represent every 
thing that everybody wants, the best society, the 
smartest people, the biggest yachts, the most de 
licious cooking, the finest sport bathing, tennis, 
golf, riding, sailing? What more could you ask?" 

Her words, in sharp contrast to those of Lulie 
Wingate the night before, were uttered with ob 
vious sincerity. 

"And yet some people " he began 

"Oh, I know there are people," she answered 
quickly, "plenty of them right here in Newport, 
who are always crying Vanity of Vanities, all is 
Vanity. They talk about the frivolity of the life 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 209 

here and the terrible extravagance and all that, 
while they are getting all they can out of it them 
selves. In nine cases out of ten it s nothing but 
a pose. It is mostly a case of sour grapes with the 
people that criticise Newport. All of them, if they 
had the chance, would be glad enough to have big 
places of their own and live exactly as all the rest 
of us do. The people that pretend that it s wrong 
to like what other people have are either too old 
to enjoy themselves or have something the matter 
with them chronic indigestion usually. Now, I m 
a perfectly normal person, so far as I can see, and 
I just love all of it everything, from having a 
French maid down to lobster Newburg," and 
looking straight at Tom she smiled a confident, 
joyous smile which seemed to embrace the entire 
universe of sparkling waves and white sails, in 
cluding Tom himself. 

Tom smiled in return. The more he saw of 
Pauline the more he liked her direct vision, the 
straightforward outpouring of her thoughts, and 
he felt ashamed of the sordid possibilities which 
had suggested themselves to him below. She was 
a glorious young creature, a perfect exemplification 
of the Roman ideal of "Mens sana in cor pore sano." 
She seemed in true accord with the vast sweep of 
robin s-egg blue above them, the distant circle of 
the horizon, the onward rush and leap of the yacht s 
prow against the slight roll from the Atlantic, and 
the languorous southwest wind that was drawing a 
smoky pall over the Rhode Island shore and the 



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far-lying islands of Buzzards Bay, shrouding them 
in Turner-esque mystery and already paving a 
path of glory for the declining sun. Didn t instinct 
tell him that she was right? Was there not in the 
harmony of nature around him all that the spirit 
craved ? 

"Well/ he answered in happy agreement, "it 
all seems mighty good to me. I ve never known 
much about these things, but I ve noticed that 
those who haven t had them lose no time in getting 
them when they can. I suppose that if money 
didn t really mean a lot men wouldn t strive for 
it." 

"Of course they wouldn t," she replied with as 
surance. "And the game is worth the candle, too. 
You read a whole lot about it being silly for men 
to stay down in their grimy offices all day working 
just for more money. Well, they re not working 
just for money. They re working for the future 
of their children, of themselves, and their business, 
and because they can t help working. It s a law 
of nature. It helps develop the country. It makes 
progress. It s the American spirit. It s instinctive 
to want to be happy and comfortable and to 
work, too. If you follow your instinct, you ll be 
all right." 

Pauline delivered this with an air of finality and 
Tom felt relieved that he had her permission to 
follow his instinct. 

"Oh," he replied, in an admiring tone, "that s 
easy." 



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But all the same he was not so sure in his own 
mind. There would be a great old time going on 
if people just ran around following their instincts. 
He already had quite a respect for Pauline s force 
and intelligence, but her philosophy somehow seemed 
rather too simple. 

"However," he added, "instinct doesn t guide 
everybody right. There are lots of rotters every 
where. This place must be full of them of people 
on the make. " 

"Yes," she admitted, "it is. And a girl has to 
keep her eyes open here unless she wants to be 
fooled. But most of the social crooks are quite 
obvious." 

"What do you mean by social crooks?" 

"The people who want to get something for 
nothing," she retorted. "You d be surprised at 
the number of them. Little German and Russian 
counts, some of them real and some of them bogus; 
pretentious people who come here simply to trade 
on their acquaintance with smart people in other 
places, fortune-hunters and social climbers gen 
erally." 

"But you don t regard all social climbing as ob 
jectionable, do you?" he queried, involuntarily 
thinking of mamma and papa Selby on the lower 
deck, "because after all that is merely following 
the instinct for change and development of which 
you ve been speaking." 

"Exactly," she answered. "But there are social 
climbers who climb over the dead characters of 



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their friends, and who live by false pretenses. I 
think social ambition is as legitimate as any other, 
provided that it is pursued by honest methods." 

It came to Tom that Pauline was herself the 
high priestess of ambition. Backed by her own 
"instinct," her capacity, her money, the man who 
became her husband might go far. And she, for 
her part, liked Tom the better the more she saw 
of him, or rather talked to him, for he was a recep 
tive listener and had tact enough to ask questions 
which she would be glad to answer. Thus the hours 
flew by, Pauline becoming more and more convinced 
that Tom was the most attractive and the wisest 
man she had met in her whole life. 

Down in their cosey wicker chairs Mr. and Mrs. 
Selby were spending an unusually quiet and com 
fortable afternoon. 

"Those two seem to find plenty to talk about," 
he remarked, yawning and closing his novel. "I 
sneaked up to that paradise of Pauline s a few 
minutes ago and they were arguing away to beat 
the band." 

"I hope they weren t quarrelling," said his wife. 

"I don t think so," he answered. "Pauline was 
just holding forth as usual. You know how she is 
when she gets talking about the universe." 

"Yes, I know," agreed Mrs. Selby. "I can t 
understand a word she says, but I suppose it means 
something to her." 

"Let s hope so at any rate," responded her hus 
band. "Anyhow we mustn t let them get tired 
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It was at about this moment that the yacht 
shifted her course slightly eastward and began an 
almost imperceptible roll. 

Pauline and Tom ensconced in the red-cushioned 
bower below the bridge observed the bow hesitate 
for an infinitesimal fraction of a second, stagger, 
and plunge downward. A sheet of white spray, 
iridescent in the slanting beams of the sun, leaped 
upward and fell with a swish upon the forward 
deck. 

"Gracious!" cried Pauline, "mother will be 
frightened to death. She always is, if it s the least 
bit wet." 

At or about the same moment the steward re 
ceived a call from the after-deck. 

"You go up and tell the captain," directed Mr. 
Selby somewhat indignantly, "to turn right around. 
I ordered him particularly not to go where it was 
rough." 

"And after that, you can serve tea," added Mrs. 
Selby. 

The sun hung like a huge red disk over Newport 
Harbor as the Pauline passed under the fort and 
slowly moved to her anchorage, and the old town, 
the islands, the golf-links, and the distant shores 
of Narragansett Bay were bathed in a golden sheen 
that slowly changed first to bronze and then to 
purple. The surface of the water was like a softly 
undulating mirror, and the air was filled with a 
confusion of noises, the panting of engines, the 
creak of oars, the rattle of blocks, the jingle of 
pianos, the voices of women singing, and all the 



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rest that go to make up the bustle and clatter of 
a harbor. 

Pauline bade her friend good-by at the head of 
the gangway. The acquaintance begun at Mrs. 
Welfleet s was progressing almost as favorably and 
as rapidly as Pauline had intended that it should, 
and she had already secured from Tom a promise 
to take a short cruise with them after the tennis 
tournament should be over. 

Tom descended to the tender, took his place in 
the stern sheets, the bell rang, the tiny propeller 
stirred the water, and the launch shot shoreward. 

When some distance from the yacht Tom turned 
and lifted his hat to Pauline, who waved her hand 
in reply. He was pleased with the afternoon and 
with himself. Pauline was certainly an extraor 
dinary girl, a corker. She had a mind like a steel 
trap. She would be able to take care of herself 
anywhere. Again his thoughts wandered to the 
Ionian Sea and the Golden Horn. How about 
instinct? 

Why shouldn t he? It would be natural for any 
man to fall in love with a girl like Pauline ! And 
in place of the pungent smell of the incoming tide 
he breathed the distant odors of Araby and the 
strange scents of the mysterious East. He was a 
long way from Newbury Street and from the Moun 
tain Home House, as he stepped on shore at the 
Yacht Club landing. 

On board the yacht Pauline walked slowly back 
from the gang-plank to the piano, and idly struck 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 215 

a few chords as she hummed the words of one of 
Schumann s love-songs. 

"It s been a real satisfactory afternoon," said 
Mrs. Selby to her husband. 

"Yes," he answered. "I like that Mr. Kelly. 
He seems like a very sensible young fellow." 

"Pauline likes him too," added his wife, as if 
that settled it. 



XVIII 

WHEN Tom, on awakening the following morn 
ing, found that the valet was somewhat slow in 
answering the bell he experienced a distinct feeling 
of irritation. What business had the fellow not 
to be on his job ! But presently the man could 
be heard running along the hall and King Tom 
generously forgave him. He had acquired even in 
those brief sixty hours in Newport a vast con 
fidence. He had made a discovery. It was not 
the fact that he had been well introduced, or that 
he was a member of an aristocratic Harvard Club, 
nor yet that he was the coming national champion 
to which he owed his seemingly instantaneous 
success! These things neither singly nor collec 
tively, he told himself, could have achieved his 
conquests such as they were of Lulie Wingate 
and Pauline. No, it was something beyond and 
above all that his own personality! In this big 
world in which he was no inconspicuous figure the 
Scotts were, after all, nothing very wonderful and 
he chuckled condescendingly the old "Wool 
sack" was nothing at all! Whoever had even 
heard of it ! A college was just a college, and one 
college club was like another. But one man was 

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THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 217 

not like another! There must be " something 
about him." 

This conviction was confirmed by the further 
discovery that by no means all of his youthful as 
sociates possessed the same assurance. Even Ray 
mond Dwight who in his earlier college years 
had seemed to Tom to occupy an unapproachable 
pinnacle of social distinction the president of the 
class "a little bit off the top" of the cream of 
Bostonian exclusiveness who had turned up in 
Newport on a visit, seemed diffident and some 
what awkward. He even acknowledged to Tom 
that all these ultrafashionable folk made him sin 
gularly uncomfortable. They were different some 
how from the people one had known on the Back 
Bay. 

On the privacy of Bailey s Beach during a post- 
natatory cigarette he confided to his club-mate that 
it made him feel like a cat in a strange garret not 
knowing who they all were at home he knew who 
everybody was and his next-of-kin were, who his 
ancestors had been, and who, in all probability, his 
heirs, executors, assigns, and even his descendants 
would be but here ! There were so many of them 
that you could never hope to find out who the really 
right people were at all ! It was disquieting noth 
ing fixed or settled about it! Those Selbys, for 
instance ! Imagine their getting in on the North 
Shore never! He envied Tom his ability to get 
on with everybody. Really Tom had developed a 
lot and everybody said he was cutting quite a dash ! 



218 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Tom did not deny these soft impeachments and 
gave his friend, without saying so, the impression 
that some fellows developed later than others and 
that some were naturally fitted for wider social ex 
periences. He admitted he got along all right a 
fact due probably to his broader point of view. 
Boston was a pretty small place, after all, even if 
it was socially impeccable. For example, he had 
dined on Beacon Street at a formal dinner where 
they had not served champagne. Raymond would 
have to admit that such a thing was impossible in 
a really cosmopolitan circle. As to the Selbys, they 
were in a process of " transmogrification" he had 
seen the word in a magazine. The next generation 
would be socially impregnable. Even the oldest 
families of Boston had been in trade originally 
china merchants and that sort of thing. The Sel 
bys were all right solid Americans a little near 
the factory as yet but the old man had ten mil 
lion. Raymond shrugged his shoulders but later 
Tom took an elfin satisfaction in meeting him on 
one of Pauline s yachting-parties. 

Gradually as the weeks passed Tom began to 
assume a severely critical attitude toward these 
new friends of his whose dinners he deigned to eat. 
Had there been fewer roses in his path he would 
doubtless have been less censorious, but people 
took him nearly at his own valuation as they 
usually do everybody and his own valuation of 
himself was at that moment exceedingly high. He 
had in fact just learned what a swan he was. His 



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late mornings in bed at the Scott s, when after one 
of those royal Dresden or Sevres breakfasts he 
indulged in day-dreams slightly narcotic with the 
statuesque form of the Grecian lady at precisely 
the most alluring distance, were enervating and 
afforded an undesirable opportunity for self-mag 
nification. Instinctively he compared himself with 
the other men whom he met and was constantly 
meeting to his own advantage. There was, he 
told himself, a very good reason why all these women 
liked him. He was a well-born, cultured Bostonian 
(he eliminated his mother s rather dingy origin), 
a graduate of Harvard and a member of a chic club 
there, athletic and at least moderately good-look 
ing, knew everybody, was a crack tennis-player and 
likely to become national champion well, what 
more could anybody want? Were the girls much 
to blame if they cottoned to him? On the con 
trary, would it not have been strange had they not 
done so? 

Tom was ignorant of those many charming New 
port homes whose owners had never been invited 
to a "monkey dinner," and would not have gone 
to one had they been asked. He did not meet any 
of those courtly old men and women, who having 
lived in most of the capitals of Europe, have chosen 
Newport as their residence and constitute a social 
circle which has no golden key. 

Unfortunately, however, the life that he led 
soon seemed good to him. Was it not what every 
body was working for? Was it not the ne plus 



220 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

ultra? And it was his already at twenty-two! 
He could begin now to-morrow, if he chose 
where others left off! There was Pa Selby, for 
instance, who had worked all his life putting soup 
and things in tin cans and who now at sixty-five 
was just letting up! What had he got out of it? 
Nothing but the chance of having Tom condescend 
to marry his daughter! The other old men were 
just the same. They had slaved like pups to get 
a lot of money and now they didn t know how to 
spend it or had spent it so freely that there was 
nothing left for them to buy! They were, so to 
speak, dog-tired of everything. During the next 
month Tom went to many entertainments where 
the struggle to escape ennui was only too apparent. 
And just as if these people knew that it would be 
fatal ever to stop and inquire whether or not they 
were really enjoying themselves they rushed madly 
from one thing to another in the hope that in the 
mere multiplicity of amusements they could evade 
boredom. 

At the end of his first week Tom had only seen 
his hostess four times once on the afternoon of 
his arrival, once at lunch, and twice when the family 
entertained at dinner. The rest of the time he was 
away on yachting-parties, picnics, teas, lunches, 
dinner-dances, and at a host of minor entertain 
ments. It was a curious sort of visiting, but it 
was agreeably independent. It was as if he had 
suddenly come into a wonderful inheritance of 
his title to which he had previously lived in ig- 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 221 

norance. Everybody seemed bent on giving him 
the best possible time, seemed to think him a prince 
of good fellows! Older men called him familiarly 
by his first name. Snobbish mammas with mar 
riageable daughters eagerly sought him out. Even 
his classmates and the men of his own age treated 
him with a certain deference. What wonder that 
the erstwhile shabby and disgruntled Tom began 
to feel that all this was his due and that the world 
lay at his feet to kick if he chose. 

And since nothing succeeds like success and among 
bluffers he who bluffs best is king, Tom achieved for 
a brief season a succes fou that opened every door 
to him and completely turned his ignorant young 
head. With this came an access of assurance on 
his part that caused his friend Allyn untold amuse 
ment. For finding that to assert virtue was, in 
this society, tantamount to having it, Tom, adroitly 
seized every opportunity to advertise himself, in 
a good-natured sort of way, confidently laying 
claim to an inherited social position in Boston, 
and a manner of living that would have astounded 
Bridget and Aunt Eliza had they heard of it. 

It is an ancient and common failing. Even in 
the old coffee-house days Addison speaking of the 
army in the Spectator makes Captain Sentry la 
ment that in a profession where merit is placed in 
so conspicuous a view, impudence should get the 
better of modesty. The same thing always has 
been and still is true of the world at large and smart 
society in particular. The unscrupulous take ad- 



222 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

vantage of the fact that honest folk are slow to 
attribute evil motives to the actions of others. 
They know that people are, on the whole, good- 
natured, easy-going, and lazy, and that they can 
safely presume upon these qualities at least to the 
extent of making statements of fact the accuracy 
of which will never be questioned. 

So Tom, besides being known as a handsome, 
good-humored, clean-limbed young Yankee (which 
he really was), was soon surrounded by a nimbus 
of glory to which he was totally unentitled, arising 
from the fact that he was reputed to be of a lineage 
distinguished even in Boston everybody persuaded 
himself that he had always heard of the Kellys 
solidly backed by the wealth and culture of the 
Back Bay, and with a future foreordained to great 
ness by virtue of the influence of his connections. 

Though Tom s attitude of condescension toward 
the Newport world at large included, with the ex 
ception of Lulie and Allyn, even the Scotts, it never 
occurred to him that to administer their compli 
cated menage must require somewhere an observ 
ing eye and a directing brain of no ordinary ca 
pacity. It would have astounded him to learn that, 
placing little reliance upon the honesty and as 
siduity of professional housekeepers, Mrs. Scott de 
voted as much detailed attention to the manage 
ment of "Beausejour" as Mrs. Kelly did to her 
modest establishment on Newbury Street. Yet 
it was a fact that while Tom lolled above in the 
mornings in drowsy luxury, his rather prim and dis- 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 223 

tinctly conventional hostess was down betimes 
overseeing the work in house and garden and en 
forcing rigidly the economies of lavishness. In an 
office somewhat less elaborate than her husband s 
"den," at a desk upon which stood a formidable 
alignment of morocco-bound note-books, she in 
terviewed the butler, chef, and head gardener, and 
issued her orders for the day. She knew the exact 
number of quarts of milk and cream, the number 
of pounds of butter, the amount of wine consumed 
daily within her gates. Even the number of cigars 
placed in Tom s bedroom was a matter of record. 
She was the daughter of a small shopkeeper in 
"upstate" New York, and had later become a 
teacher of singing and a drawing-room vocalist in 
the metropolis. Few of her acquaintances or even 
of her friends had any knowledge of this period of 
her career, for she had caught Mr. Scott young and 
eliminated all trace of Skaneateles by a prolonged 
sojourn in Europe. She had no illusions, knew the 
cost of everything, including her own present social 
position, and was quite satisfied to pay the price. 
She would have been astonished but not horrified 
to learn that she was considered snobbish and cold 
blooded. On the whole, she regarded both these 
qualities as rather desirable. She admired her son 
and daughter as "smart," but judged Allyn a fool 
for drinking and Lulie stupid for getting herself 
talked about. Otherwise she was quite content 
with them. Mr. Scott was satisfactory. She had 
no complaints to make about him, and he, poor 



224 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

man, after his original uxorial error in mistaking 
Labrador for Senegambia, accepted the lady as 
he found her and devoted himself to being a gentle 
man, in which line at the age of sixty-one he had 
achieved no little success. He could read and speak 
French, German, and Italian, and had a collection 
of mildly improper anecdotes in each language. 
He was a student of art, a connoisseur in wines, 
and widely read in the modern literature of most 
countries. 

He was modest, abstemious, and his waistcoat 
had a concavity unfamiliar to Newport. He al 
lowed others to do the talking, took his orders from 
his wife, and conducted himself both in public and 
private after the manner of a well-behaved curate 
of the established church. Like his spouse, nothing 
escaped his eye or his nose, yet not even in the 
privacy of the connubial couch did either of them 
discard the pose which they had assumed. They 
were always comme ilfaut. Like a certain celebrated 
lady in a famous divorce-suit, her husband was re 
puted never to have seen her so to speak in 
dishabille. They were to each other as they were 
to the world. But they played at living and acted 
very stupid parts, so that they seemed much duller 
than they really were. 

Tom, in his blindness, took them for a pair of 
fools, for neither seemed at all familiar with those 
matters of ordinary knowledge which he was con 
vinced every lady and gentleman should know, and 
he not infrequently put them right. Mr. Scott 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 225 

particularly appeared to find much that was stim 
ulating and entertaining in Tom s conversation, and 
often laughed quite unexpectedly in a mild and 
gentlemanly way at what he said. The longer 
he stayed at "B cause jour" the more Tom won 
dered that two such idiots could get along as they 
did, and one evening in a corner of the billiard- 
room over a glass of the Scott port he confided as 
much to Parradym. Under the influence of its 
fragrant old bouquet he launched forth into a gen 
eral indictment of the individuals composing the 
society about them. Many, he admitted, were 
clever people enough, but the majority, he declared, 
were too stupid to live, or, if they were not stupid, 
utterly mannerless. This last comment was based 
almost exclusively upon the fact that one distin 
guished lady had that afternoon at the Casino 
shown no marked enthusiasm at meeting Tom. 

"It s inconceivable to me, my dear fellow," 
he exclaimed, "how these old dodos here in New 
port can be so dull. It s a wonder they ve got any 
money left to live on, it would be so easy to get it 
away from them. And the women are so disgust 
ingly rude ! I m surprised that you an intelligent 
man can find any pleasure in this society!" 

He clicked his tongue thickly in a superior way 
and poured out another glass of the port. He had 
already consumed two cocktails, three glasses of 
champagne, one of claret, and a Scotch and soda, 
in consequence of which everything seemed very 
far away and rather blurred, and what he had to 



226 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

say to Parry very, very important, indeed. He felt 
kindly toward Parradym. He was a good old sort, 
after all. He felt kindly toward everybody, really 
what he was saying was more theoretical than 
anything else. He would have slapped old man 
Scott on the back if he d been there he was really 
quite a good sort, too, even if he was more or less 
of an ass. 

Parradym looked at him contemplatively but 
good-naturedly. 

"In the golden age of childhood, my dear fellow," 
said he, "we look upon all Olympians, and in fact 
everybody but ourselves, as fools. They do such 
ridiculous things! They re always washing and 
dressing up instead of having a good time playing 
around in the mud. And they surround us with 
all sorts of arbitrary and absurd rules and laws, 
about what to eat, and when to go to bed, and how 
not to get drowned just as if anybody wanted to 
get drowned!" 

" Zactly!" nodded Tom benignly. 

"Later we pass into another stage," continued 
Parry. "We see some of the reasons for these sup 
posed absurdities and we discover that it takes 
brains and ability to make a living. But life still 
seems very simple, and our estimates of people 
are of the snap-shot variety and generally made 
without allowances. We re strong and well, and 
to us everybody must be strong and well. People 
who do not at first blush conform to our standards 
of intelligence or manners are uncompromisingly 
put down by us as fools, idiots, or ruffians." 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 227 

"Oh, no!" protested Tom in a detached sort of 
way. "Tha s too strong, you know!" 

Parradym shook his head. 

"There s nothing so cruel as the judgment of 
youth. It has no verdict with extenuating cir 
cumstances. A person is either good or bad. Peo 
ple are either heroes or cads. We are ready to at 
tribute the basest of motives for the most trifling 
acts. We demand of our parents, our sisters, our 
brothers, and our friends that they should all be 
as perfect as the peerless princes and princesses of 
our fairy-books." 

Tom laughed. Parry was right. No one ought 
to be held to any such standard as that. But his 
friend s face had taken on a serious expression. 

"Yet as we go on," said Parradym with some 
earnestness, "we learn that nobody is either good 
or bad. And that anybody who has been obliged 
to live in this funny old world for thirty or forty 
years generally has had some sense knocked into 
his head, at least so far as his own self-interest is 
concerned. We are ready to believe that strangers 
or casual acquaintances are quite ready to insult 
or snub us on the slightest provocation, whereas 
men of the world discover very early in the game 
of life that there is nothing so expensive as un 
necessary rudeness, and this lesson is soon learned 
by everybody who mixes much in society. In point 
of actual fact very few people are deliberately rude. 
Those that are generally turn out to be genuine 
fools, of which, of course, there is a scattering still 
about. But I think I m right in saying that the 



228 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

only safe assumption to work on is that the or 
dinary person whom you meet, whether man or 
woman, is probably very much like other people, 
neither a hero nor a villain, anxious to appear to 
the best advantage before everybody, quite willing 
to go half-way, not disposed to conscious rude 
ness, ready to return favor for favor, and more 
than able to look out for him or her self so far as 
dollars and cents are concerned. The man whom 
you regard as a stuffed shirt/ simply because he 
looks like a boiled cod or an unboiled rabbit, will 
probably end by making a fool of you. He can t 
have nosed around for half a lifetime without hav 
ing learned to go in when it rains or to keep out of 
copper stocks. He looks like a cod because his 
forebears looked like em. Not because he s got 
anything the matter with his head or his heart. 
Most people are moderately honest, nobody ab 
solutely so. Diogenes job, as some one has said, 
is still open/ But take people by and large and 
they ll give you back just about what you hand 
them. And there s usually a reason if they don t 
they may not have seen you, or heard what you 
said, or they may be absent-minded. Just because 
Smith doesn t bow to you on Fifth Avenue isn t 
any real ground for supposing that he has a mortal 
grudge against you or wishes to make you an enemy 
for life. That is arrogating to oneself too much 
prominence in Smith s cosmos. Instead of trying 
to insult you, he is probably wondering where he 
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THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 229 

Parradym chuckled and laid his hand affection 
ately on Tom s knee as the others rose to join the 
women in the drawing-room. 

"Be a little easier on em, my boy!" he whis 
pered. 



XIX 

IT was half after one the next morning when 
Tom, the last guests having left the house, made 
his way with some difficulty toward the royal suite. 
He had had a very pleasant evening, and while he 
had been somewhat noisy in talking to the women 
after dinner, he had not been conspicuously al 
coholic in a gathering where entire sobriety was 
the exception rather than the rule. People were 
good-natured with Tom because most of them liked 
him and because he was rather the fashion. It is 
doubtful if at this period any kind friend would 
have taken it upon himself to hint that his con 
duct was not exemplary, however extreme it might 
have been. But it was due to the number of brandies 
that he had consumed, and not to the natural ama- 
tiveness of his disposition, that he presumed to hold 
the hands of several young ladies including Pau 
line s somewhat longer than the occasion de 
manded. Nevertheless, as he told himself, he had 
"got away with it." He had already discovered 
by experience that only the bold had favor with 
the fair. The bolder you were the better, partic 
ularly with the older women. "If the women are 
older, you have to be bolder," he told Allyn. He 
had learned this from observing the success of a 

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certain young scion of the local nobility a most 
unattractive person whose head was a couple of 
sizes too large for the rest of his body and whose 
features resembled those of the late Mr. Bunny. 
Yet in spite of his physical limitations this peculiar 
youth had an astonishing vogue with the opposite 
sex. 

"All you need is la confiance !" explained the 
pimply Lothario with a superior grin. 

This philandering apparently occupied a large 
portion of the working hours of the men in society, 
particularly after five o clock in the afternoon. 
Every Jack had his Jill, even if both were fully 
aware that the arrangement was only temporary. 
Trial engagements if not trial marriages were 
obviously popular. One baby-blue-eyed virgin of 
nineteen boasted to Tom that she was engaged to 
eight "men" all at once. It seemed to be quite 
customary to be engaged to two or three, and the 
intercourse between the sexes at Newport con 
sisted largely of a sort of amorous dallying, half 
jocular and half serious, coloring everything with a 
romantic glamour. If a young man was not frankly 
pursuing some girl or married woman, he was 
viewed as peculiar, to say the least, and treated as 
the legitimate object of suspicion. Every incentive 
possible was offered to the love game, and Tom, tri 
fling with passion along with the others, discovered 
to his satisfaction that his pursuit of Lulie Win- 
gate of the guest for the daughter of the house 
where he was visiting was almost de rigueur. Thus 



232 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

he found it easy to devise meetings with her, for 
which she showed no disinclination. Always, how 
ever, their conversation had flowed along the lines 
of that first evening when she had assumed the be 
coming pose of a misunderstood wife and daughter. 
It was a charming pose, albeit Tom knew it to be 
one. But he liked it none the less and played up 
to her spiritedly with his recently acquired gloss 
of culture. Yet this evening, when unexpectedly 
they met at the turn in the long corridor of the 
bachelor wing, he somehow felt that the time had 
come to put things on a less distantly sentimental 
and more intimate and vital footing. Had he been 
less exhilarated it is doubtful if this " caveman 
stuff" as he afterward described it would have 
appealed to him. He would, at any rate, have con 
sidered before he acted as precipitately as he did. 
As it was, he did not ask himself what on earth 
she could be doing there at nearly two o clock in 
the morning. He only knew that he was face to 
face with her in the stillness of the night alone in 
a remote part of the house. That did occur to him. 
She was coming quite rapidly along the hall as if 
she had been somewhere, and the red silken hang 
ings reflected the glow of the shaded electric lamps 
along the walls, and gave her cheeks a transparent 
crimson tinge that by contrast with the black storm- 
clouds of her hair made her skin delicately ex 
quisite like a picture he had once seen of a girl 
shading a candle with her hand. She hesitated 
and almost stopped at sight of him, then came on 



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toward him with a smile. Tom, emboldened by 
his evening of success, forgot that she had never 
yet allowed him to touch her hand. He saw only 
the crimson, translucent color of her skin and the 
smouldering fires in her black eyes. 

He was happy and more than a little drunk, be 
lieved that Lulie liked him and that she would go 
quite a way with him if she had the chance and 
well! he felt la confiance. He did not ques 
tion the propriety under all the circumstances of 
his making rather violent, if not forcible, love to 
this experienced daughter of his hostess. If the 
things he had heard about her were all true ! She 
had not been immune by any means from the after- 
dinner attacks of the scandal specialists male 
and female. And had he not caught her himself 
in the dark with a man? So he sidled up and told 
her that he loved her merely, as if he had forgotten 
to tell her so at dinner. There was a vast difference 
between this declaration and that other of less than 
two months ago made to Evelyn under the elms 
of Class Day that declaration which had elicited 
no response from the recipient. But in one respect 
at least this was a much more genuine affair. He 
had never had any real confidence that Evelyn would 
consent to be his wife, but he did have a certain 
amount of confidence that Lulie might consent to 
have an affair of some sort with him. And his 
literary sense of the proprieties which had led 
him to propose to Evelyn now rushed to the sup 
port of his desire and impelled him at least to essay 



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the conquest of Lulie. "The time, the place, and 
the girl !" All that sort of thing. Every suggestive 
influence of the so-called comic-opera stage of twenty 
years ago was stirring in him at that moment. Why, 
if he didn t kiss her, what a chump she would think 
him ! She probably got kissed all the time. He d 
kiss her, anyway. 

Probably many a decent girl has been similarly 
cornered and, perhaps, escaped only by yielding 
partially to force of circumstances. But Lulie 
had had a short lifetime of lovers, alcoholic and 
otherwise. Therefore, when Tom pushed her against 
the scarlet curtains into the embrasure of the win 
dow, she neither shrieked nor dealt him a blow in 
the face. On the contrary, she laughed more or 
less good-naturedly, squeezed the hot hand which 
had seized hers, and said chaffingly: 

"Heavens, Mr. Kelly! How ardent we sud 
denly are!" 

She stood half-hidden, her marble-white arms 
and neck gleaming softly amid the silken hangings, 
a teasing smile on her lips. How slim and round 
and soft those arms looked to Tom ! He wanted 
to press his lips to them, to wind them about his 
neck. Nature was getting the upper hand with 
this somewhat intoxicated young gentleman. 

"I m not joking, Lulie!" he panted. "I mean 
it ! Lulie little girl I love you !" 

He tried to clasp her to him but the curtains in 
terfered, and stepping away, clear of them, she 
turned angrily upon him. 



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"Let me by!" she cried, with a metallic ring in 
her voice. "You re crazy! Let go of me! Let 
me by do you hear?" 

Tom gave a brusque laugh. Of course she had to 
pretend to be angry. He threw both arms about her. 

"Kiss me first!" 

She shrank from him and struggled to disengage 
herself. 

Then, finding this to be impossible, she faced 
him again and clutched the friendly hangings. 

"Some one might come along here any moment! 
Please let me go!" she begged in a whisper. 

"Then kiss me!" 

He had torn her left hand from the curtain and 
had crushed both her arms tightly to her sides. 
He would have his way with her no matter what 
happened. She had ceased to struggle, but had 
thrown her head as far back as she could beyond 
the reach of his lips. And then at the very climax 
of this interesting scene Tom suddenly found 
himself without any inspiration to go on with it. 
Desire had blazed in him as he had broken down 
her defenses, but now that he was inside the en 
closure, for some curious reason he had lost the 
spirit of the adventure. Yet this was no time to 
play the hesitating lover. He must go on with the 
motions. 

"I love you, Lulie," he heard himself repeat, 
reaching for her lips. 

"Let me go!" she repeated hoarsely. "For the 
love of God!" 



236 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

He experienced a moment of self-reproach. Sup 
posing she really didn t want his caresses? Suppose 
he was forcing himself on her? That would be a 
fine performance ! There was something also de 
cidedly awkward in their position, for holding her 
helpless as he was, her weight almost caused him to 
lose his equilibrium. He didn t know exactly what 
to do. If he kissed her, they would probably go 
over all at once with a crash! He had ceased to 
want to kiss her that way. He didn t like forcing 
people. She would probably hate him forever- 
more. Nobody liked to be man-handled, least of 
all a high-spirited girl like Lulie. No, she could 
go ! Instinctively he released his right hand and 
steadied himself with the curtain. He was now 
holding Lulie only with his left arm, and she could 
easily have escaped. He expected her was wait 
ing for her to do so. He looked down into her 
face. Her eyes were shut, her lips slightly parted. 
By Jove ! She was a pretty girl ! In another in 
stant his lips were upon hers. 

They were in this very definite position when a 
masculine voice became suddenly audible behind 
them. Lulie thrust herself quickly from him. 

"Let me go ! What do you mean !" she shrieked 
savagely at the unfortunate Tom. 

"I beg your pardon!" said the voice. 

Tom pulled himself together as best he could. 
A tall man clad in a vicuna dressing-gown and 
smoking a cigarette was standing about ten feet 
distant. He was clean-shaven, well-built, athletic. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 237 

Blind fury took possession of Tom. What busi 
ness had this fellow to spy on them? He d show 
this peeper how to behave himself ! Lulie had fled 
down the corridor and disappeared. 

"Mind your own business!" snarled our hero. 

"I beg your pardon," repeated the gentleman 
in the dressing-gown. "But, you know, it is my 
business in a sort of way." 

"How is it your business, I d like to know?" 
demanded Tom in a bullying tone. 

"Well, you see," politely continued the other, 
"you seemed to be kissing my wife. I may be mis 
taken, of course. But I was quite distinctly of that 
impression. Come now, weren t you kissing her?" 

Tom was too taken aback to make any reply. 
So this was Wingate ! In a flash he recognized the 
man he had seen lighting his cigar in the garden 
with Lulie. What on earth was Wingate doing at 
the Scotts house ? And why in Heaven s name had 
he been such an idiot as to tackle Lulie that way 
before finding out how she came to be there? He 
was entirely sober by now. Mr. Wingate was re 
garding him with slightly amused surprise. 

"I don t think we ve met!" he remarked. Then 
he added curiously: "Anyhow, I think you re just 
a little drunk, you know. Well, she s an all-fired 
pretty woman, my lad good luck to you ! And 
good night!" 

Tom did not reply to Mr. Wingate. On the 
contrary, he most ungraciously left him standing 
by the fatal crimson curtains which had indirectly 



238 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

been the cause of the whole trouble. He wanted 
a drink and he wanted it quick with ice in it. He 
entered his room, filled a tall glass with Scotch, 
cracked ice, and carbonic, and threw himself at full 
length on a chaise longue. 

Here was a nice mess, no matter how you looked 
at it ! He had been caught with the goods ! To 
morrow Wingate would probably smash his face. 
But why hadn t he done so then and there? Be 
cause of Lulie, probably. By George ! it really 
was hard on her. She wasn t to blame at all, but 
she never would be able to make her husband be 
lieve it. In fact, it had not occurred to Tom to at 
tempt to put in a defense for her. But then, nothing 
had occurred to him ! He was a slob that was 
just what he was! He lit cigarette after cigarette 
and gradually his thoughts straightened out. Of 
course to-morrow he d have to go and exonerate 
Lulie and apologize to Wingate. Then he d have 
to apologize to Lulie! Wingate had been rather 
decent on the whole. Why had he tried to kiss 
Lulie, anyway? He kicked his heels together dis 
gustedly, lying on the couch. 

Just at that moment the door was opened cau 
tiously and Parradym appeared. Tom felt rather 
glad to see him. The "Little Brother of the 
Rich" had evidently been for a stroll before going 
to bed. 

"Well," he remarked, "as my friend Monte Flagg 
says, nothing exceeds like sexcess!" 

"I suppose you think that s funny!" retorted 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 239 

Tom gloomily from the couch. "If you only knew 
the mess I m in you d think it was tragic! Sex- 
cess ! Oh, Lord!" 

Parradym squirted himself out a half -glass of car 
bonic without ice. 

"Oh, I know I met Wingate in the hall. Says 
he caught you kissing his wife or vice versa 
he doesn t quite seem to know which." 

"He needn t worry," answered Tom. "I m the 
criminal." 

"There s a excuse me a rather humorous side 
to it," continued Parry. "The fact is that our 
young friends had just had a sort of reconciliation 
at the Welfleets garden-party, the final result of 
which was that Lulie promised to be very, very 
good, and Jim swore never, never to be naughty 
again, and thereupon madam invited son-in-law 
over here to stay for a while. He came this after 
noon and has the c gold-and-black room next to 
mine. Lulie, of course, remains in her own suite 
in the main part of the house." 

Tom writhed internally with chagrin. He d put 
his foot in it now, all right. No wonder Lulie was 
mad. Just patched it up with hubby and caught, 
apparently, in flagrante delicto at two in the morn 
ing ! And what would Wingate do about it ? Lulie 
would never forgive him never ! Well, what dif 
ference would that make if she was going back 
to her husband? However, suppose her husband 
wouldn t take her back after what had happened? 
What would be his position in the matter? A jolly 



240 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

ass he had made of himself! "Sexcess"! Bah! 
He uttered the word contemptuously under his 
breath so that Parradym heard it. 

" Exactly," nodded the philosopher, lighting a 
small claro cigar. "A jolly mess and a jolly ass! 
But, frankly, I regard this as a rather lucky inci 
dent for you. Suppose, for example, Lulie and Jim 
hadn t just made up, and when you met her in the 
hall she hadn t been scared to death that some one 
would see you both, eh? The incident mightn t 
have ended in the hall, d y see?" 

Tom flushed crimson. The conversation seemed 
bordering on the indelicate. He didn t mind that 
sort of thing about other people, but it was very 
different when you were the subject of it. More 
over, for some unknown reason, he wanted Parry s 
good opinion. He felt abashed and humiliated, for 
he had certainly done Lulie a great wrong as it 
had turned out. He had not only insulted the 
daughter of his hostess, but he had compromised 
her in the eyes of her husband. Parry s opinion 
that it might have been worse was small consola 
tion at the moment. 

"You know there s an awful lot of rot written 
and talked about this sex business," said Parradym, 
taking a sip of carbonic. " Don t mind my men 
tioning it, do you? But, you see, I ve drifted around 
now for a good many years for more than twice 
as many as you ve existed and I ve used my eyes 
besides talking with all kinds of people. Take my 
word for it, the emphasis on sex is the grossest ex- 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 241 

aggeration in human affairs. Use your common 
sense. It isn t mating- time all the year round !" 

"Seems to be here!" answered Tom. 

"A sort of artificial spring induced by cham 
pagne, French novels, and risque conversation." 

"A sort of hothouse ?" suggested Tom, reviving. 

Parradym eyed him sharply. 

" You re feeling better!" he announced. "But 
let me take this chance to speak seriously. Sup 
pose all the poets and playwrights and novelists 
suddenly began to sing and write about the glories 
of Scotch whiskey or saddle of mutton. We ve 
drunk whiskey and we ve eaten mutton or our 
friends have. But they don t dream of either every 
night or spend their days planning to get them. 
Look around. Most people are able to live quiet, 
regular lives without coveting their neighbors 
wives. The sex impulse like the impulse to eat 
is a real one, of course, but that it occupies the 
thoughts of most men or women the greater 
part of the time is a rank fiction. It isn t as strong 
in the average person as the impulse of a hungry 
man for food. Mind you, I m talking about physical 
desire. It doesn t begin to be as influential in our 
lives as the loyalty of a man to his wife or his affec 
tion for his parents, or his love of country. But 
the way they talk here and in the cities you d be 
led to suppose that people thought of nothing else. 
It isn t so. It s largely a literary fiction which, 
unfortunately, is accepted as true by playgoers and 
novel readers. 



242 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

The real France isn t the France of the Folies 
Bergere any more than Rector s or the Cafe Martin 
is the real New York. But mob psychology is such 
that self-respecting people will go into a theatre 
and for the time being, at any rate, accept an en 
tirely fictitious standard of morality as their own. 
You can go to a musical show any night in the week 
and find straight-laced old maids snickering at jokes 
that by daylight would chill their blood. Staid 
old papas harbor the mad idea that the only proper 
way to treat a chambermaid is to chuck her under 
the chin until they try it. And so it goes. It is 
the thing here, for example, to pretend to be jaded 
and worldly wise. You may be a confirmed tee 
totaller, but you must talk vintage champagnes. 
You may be a bred-in-the-bone Puritan, but you 
must ape the amativeness of the comic-opera tenor, 
and hint at imaginary conquests. How many of 
these people do you suppose actually experience 
any stimulus from the contiguity of a member of 
the other sex? Not one in twenty! And, if they 
did, how many decent young girls or young fellows 
would permit such thoughts to linger in their minds ? 
You hear all kinds of stories about the people in 
society, but my experience is that very few of em 
are true. In a word, my son, don t base your con 
duct on an artificial theory, an imaginary idea 
that everybody is really on the loose. They re 
not! Moreover, the majority of em wouldn t 
want to be, even if they could have the chance. 
This by way of caution in case you might attempt 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 243 

an osculatory adventure with shall we say Mrs. 
Welfleet?" 

"God forbid!" groaned Tom. 

"That s a good youth!" smiled Parry. "Now 
to-morrow make your peace if you can with 
Mrs. Wingate." 

"How about Mr. Wingate?" 

"Hell not bother you. Indeed, I fancy that he 
almost regards himself as being under a debt of 
obligation to you." 

"Tome! How?" 

"Well, you see, Jim has never been able to get 
anything very definite on Lulie up to this time, 
and now you have come forward to supply, as it 
were, a long-felt want." 

Tom did not understand. 

"How would you like to play the role of co 
respondent in the divorce court?" asked Parry, 
chuckling. "Good night. Pleasant dreams!" 

Tom gazed somewhat aghast at Parry s retreat 
ing coat-tails. Could the old fellow really have 
spoken seriously? Corespondent in a divorce suit? 
It wasn t by any means impossible. His eyes 
reverted to the statuesque form of the Grecian 
Annette Kellerman upon the wall. And what had 
he got out of it? Nothing at all. He had forcibly 
kissed a lady who had just left her husband after 
a friendly call. He had incurred her permanent 
enmity probably, and in all likelihood would have a 
fight on his hands, besides, with her stronger if not 
better half. A good evening s work! "Wingate 



244 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

versus Wingate." He could see his name featured 
in the paper at the head of a column. What would 
his mother say? 

His mother! He had not thought of her for a 
month. What had made him think of her? Had 
anything made him think of her? He had an un 
easy sort of feeling that something had. He re 
membered now there was a letter from her lying 
unopened on the side-table. 

Rather carelessly Tom, with the gold-enamelled 
paper-cutter slit the familiar envelope. It was 
small and square, of cheap paper, bought by the 
pound. On that polished table amid the heavy silver 
it looked almost like a letter from a servant. Tom 
had always objected to having his mother use such 
cheap stationery, but she had refused persistently 
to buy any other. The paper was particularly of 
fensive to him because of the crude embossed rep 
resentation of the Boston State House in the upper 
left-hand corner. Yet the hand in which the common 
envelope was addressed was fine and well formed 
almost like steel engraving. Tom admitted as he 
looked at the envelope that his mother s hand 
writing was certainly very nice. 

Her " penmanship" was, in fact, the sole, sur 
viving remnant of her polite education as a young 
lady of refined antecedents in Chelsea. It was not 
without a stab of remorse that Tom opened the 
letter. He was too honest not to admit that he 
had grossly neglected her. But his mother s very 
self-effacement, her extraordinary ability even at 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 245 

her somewhat advanced age to take care of herself 
without assistance, had blinded him, and was still 
blinding him, to the truth of the situation, which 
was that she was an old lady who ought never to 
have been permitted to go off alone, and who should 
have had the most constant and tender care. But 
she had always managed to get along, and Tom 
took it for granted that she would continue to do 
so indefinitely. However, he felt a little badly, 
as he unfolded her letter, that he had not written 
to her. 

MACNAUGHTON COTTAGES, 

BETHLEHEM, NEW HAMPSHIRE. 
MY DEAR SON: 

It is a long time since I have heard from you, but I sup 
pose you are working very hard getting ready for the tennis 
tournament. [He made a wry mouth.] I came up here over 
a month ago with Bridget, who went back next day to her 
sister s at Nantasket. I have a very nice room here with 
good board for twelve dollars per week. But it seems very 
expensive to me. Usually I have got very good accommo 
dations for ten dollars, and at the Mountain Home House 
we only paid seven dollars. So I shall probably go home 
somewhat earlier than I expected, especially on account of 
having to pay Bridget s fare. I have not been feeling quite 
as well as last summer and there is nobody staying here 
that I know, so I shall not mind going home so much. I 
take walks and look at the mountains, and sometimes in 
the evenings there is a lecture or concert. There is a gentle 
man and lady with their little daughter who sit at my table 
and who seem quite nice. I think their name is Smith. 
Now, Tom, do write to me, for I am very lonely when I do 
not hear from you. I miss you very much. The older I 
grow the more I miss you when you are away from me. 



246 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

But I do not worry, because I know you are a good boy and 
take Christ for your example. I hope you do not forget 
to read a chapter every day and to ask for His guidance. 
God bless you, Tom. 

Your loving mother, 

CAROLINE MARIA KELLY. 

Tom closed his eyes and bit his lips. The letter 
had been lying there two days unopened ! Poor 
mother! She was asleep now probably in a little 
wooden bed in a tiny hotel bedroom, with a straw 
carpet and rickety wash-stand, with servants tramp 
ing around over her head. She oughtn t to go 
travelling alone like that. Supposing she got sick? 
As soon as the tournament was over he would go 
up and stay with her. But even as he made the 
resolve the vision of the fly-specked ceiling of a 
hotel dining-room swam before his eyes. " Beef 
steak codfish and cream rare or well done!" 
His eye wandered around the luxurious appoint 
ments of the room in which he was reclining, at 
the cigars and cigarettes, the aerated waters, the 
magazines, the silken bed, the Grecian beauty! 
Once more he thought of Lulie and could feel her 
slender, pliant body in his arms, her soft lips be 
neath his kiss. Perhaps she hadn t minded so 
much, after all ! Her struggles had not been very 
violent. What a tantalizing girl she was ! Al 
ready he had forgotten all about his mother in the 
thought of the other woman. 

He undressed slowly and tumbled into bed, where 
he lay wide-eyed in the graying light. Suppose 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 247 

there was a scandal, where would that leave him 
with Pauline? The old Selbys were nothing if not 
respectable were sticklers for respectability. He 
realized suddenly and with great distinctness that 
a liaison with a married woman, however pretty, 
would be a poor substitute for a marriage with a 
charming millionairess like Pauline. At any rate, 
he should have made sure of Pauline first ! He 
writhed at the consciousness of the fool he had 
made of himself. He must patch the thing up some 
how with Wingate eat crow. He mustn t lose 
Pauline ! And yet it was not of her but of Lulie 
that he dreamed when he finally fell asleep. 

It was nearly noon when he awoke and the ceil 
ing above his head was bathed in ripples of sun 
light, so resembling the dancing catoptric globules 
which he had watched from his crib as a child that 
unconsciously his eyes sought as well for the steel en 
graving of the Madonna and Child and the worsted 
motto of "Look unto me and be ye saved " that 
had hung upon the walls of his mother s bedroom 
in Newbury Street. Had he dreamed that he had 
grown up and gone to college and visited at a place 
called Newport? Was he still only a little boy 
eating out of a paper bag Aunt Eliza s pumpkin- 
seeds? The mist of the years clouded his mental 
vision. There was a moment or two of actual un 
certainty, and then the Grecian lady swam into his 
ken and usurped the place of the Madonna, while 
the invocation to be saved dissolved entirely like 
the Cheshire cat in "Alice in Wonderland." Yes, 



248 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

this was Newport ! Nobody wanted to be saved 
in Newport ! He rubbed his eyes and yawned. 

From without came the song of robins, the cool 
touch of the ocean. He stalked to the open win 
dow, stretching himself luxuriously. The rest of the 
world was awake and about its piffling business ! It 
was pretty comfortable to be a guest. Old Parry had 
a long head, after all ! No responsibility no ex 
pense no anxiety. It was good to be young ! To 
be liked to like ! To hold a beautiful girl in your 
arms ! There was the very spot he had first seen her 
less than a month ago there on the bench in the 
rose-garden. Something on the bench caught his eye 
a closed book placed there with ostentatious neg 
lect. A delicious wave of excitement engulfed him. 
This might be her method of communicating with 
him. He hurried into his clothes, thrusting head 
long from his mind every cautionary consideration. 
His remorse, his humiliation, his resolutions for the 
future, all vanished like the motto on the wall. 

A few moments and his feet were sinking de- 
liciously into the soft turf of the rose-garden, as 
he sauntered, a cigarette between his lips, care 
lessly toward the bench, and with an eye roving for 
peepers, seated himself upon it. Then he dropped 
his hand over the book and twisted it around so 
that he could read the title, "The Greatest Thing 
in the World ! " His heart thumped. He knew 
what that was "Love"! What a little devil she 
was ! To think of anything like that ! He turned 
back the cover. Her initials were there in pencil 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 249 

"L. S. W." nothing else yes, what was that 
scrawl at the bottom "page 137 "? Smiling, Tom 
turned expectantly to the designated page. A 
single phrase in a conversation had been lightly 
underlined " to-night at twelve." Clever! There 
in the rose-garden, of course, a place convenient for 
him. Then she hadn t minded. She was in love 
with him ! She herself was seeking a rendezvous ! 
Could he wait twelve hours before again holding 
her in his arms ? 

He impatiently recalled the fact that he had ac 
cepted an invitation to join the Selbys on their 
yacht that afternoon. What a bore ! What was 
the prosaic Pauline compared to this dark-eyed 
daughter of the night? As bread to caviare; as 
milk to spiced wine ! Away with dull respectability 
away with Mrs. Grundy let youth and love 
have their fling! Yet at the very height of his 
spasm of exaltation Tom carefully scrutinized the 
fly-leaf to determine whether or not it had ever 
before been used for the same purpose, and satis 
fied himself sufficiently that it had not. 

That Tom should see neither his host nor hostess 
for an entire day or even for several days was noth 
ing unusual. And on this particular day, had he 
not already made engagements for lunch and dinner, 
he would undoubtedly have done so rather than 
face an embarrassing situation consequent upon a 
disclosure of his escapade with Lulie. He had 
thought seriously of terminating his visit, yet he 
could not bring himself to surrender the comforts 



250 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

of his present accommodations without strong 
reason. Accordingly, he determined to find out how 
the land lay from Lulie before doing anything. He 
had an irritatingly peaceful afternoon on the yacht, 
during which Pauline made it more evident than 
ever that she regarded herself as having a lien upon 
him and gave him several opportunities for making 
love to her, which he embraced but half-heartedly. 
How different she was from Lulie or even Evelyn. 
Why, the girl was all ready to throw herself at his 
head after an acquaintance of only three weeks ! 
Pa Selby, too, had shown a rising interest in Tom s 
future and seemed disappointed that his plans 
were so unformulated. 

"What you want to do, my young feller," he 
told him confidentially over the taffrail, "is to get 
close to money. Get as close as you can to it, and 
stick there! Money makes money. Stands to 
reason. One feller buys and sells cucumbers. Well, 
he makes a cucumber profit thirty per cent, may 
be, on a thousand crates of em. What does it 
amount to a few dollars, and it takes him just 
as long and as much hard work as if he was buy 
ing and selling gold. Now, if you deal in money, 
you make a money profit. You get me? Suppose 
instead of a crate of cucumbers, worth three dollars, 
you trade in a block of bonds worth a million 
dollars. Very likely you don t make as big a per 
cent profit, but you make a quick turnover and you 
figure that profit on a million dollars instead of a 
few thousand." 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 251 

"But where do I get the money to buy the 
bonds?" inquired Tom, sincerely interested. 

Stand in with the big fellows," answered Selby. 
"Go in on their deals. It s as easy for a good- 
lookin young chap to get next to millionaires as 
it is to farmers or dry-goods men. But the great 
thing is to keep close to money, and folks that 
have it, all the time. Seize your opportunities and 
never let go. It s as easy to make twenty-five 
thousand a year as twenty-five hundred." 

"Well, just show me how, will you?" pleaded 
Tom, with a laugh. 

"Sure, I will!" retorted his host. "Now, if you 
ain t got any other plan, why don t you start in as 
a stock-broker? I trade a good deal and I ll give 
you my business and speak a good word for you to 
my friends. Every hundred shares you sell you get 
twelve dollars and a half. That makes a hundred 
and twenty-five dollars on every thousand, don t 
it? Well, sometimes I trade as high as ten thou 
sand shares a day." 

Tom mentally calculated that if his genial friend 
not only bought, but also sold, ten thousand shares 
of stock in one day he, Tom, could make two thou 
sand five hundred dollars by doing nothing save 
execute the order. 

"Well," he answered, "I should think that would 
be a very pleasant business. I ll talk to you again 
about it." 

"My business alone would be worth twenty- 
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"And it s yours if you want it. Just say the 
word ! I ve taken a great fancy to you, my lad. 
You re the kind of young feller I like. I m not the 
only one either!" he added with a saurian wink. 

The moon had risen high over the trees about 
"Beausejour" when Tom left the dance which had 
followed his dinner-party, and stole cautiously to 
the silver-flooded rose-garden. The night breeze 
was so light that hardly a leaf stirred and the flowers 
stood motionless upon their stalks. 

Out of the shadow of the high hedge the white 
marble of the garden-seat peered like a sheeted 
ghost. The night was so still that he could plainly 
hear the distant waves upon the rocks and the 
muted strains of the waltz from the mansion he 
had just left. Each individual grass blade at his 
feet was clearly visible. The night was somehow 
subdued, toned down, and yet the constituent ele 
ments in the scene had a sharper quality even than 
by day. His hand, for instance, as he lit his cigarette, 
was a brilliant marble hand. It was the flame of 
the match that seemed pale glowing like the ghost 
of the Royal Dane. He sat down on the warm stone. 
What would Lulie say to him? What did this 
meeting portend? He had dreamed of yachting 
amid the Ionian Isles with Pauline, why not with 
Lulie ? How much more attractive the idea ! Lulie 
had infinitely more beauty, more cleverness, more 
chic, more money. If a fellow was going to cut 
loose from conventionality, why not get something 
for it? The Scott money was as good as the Selbys . 



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That she was a married woman a fact that had 
at first somewhat disturbed him could be easily 
remedied at Reno or somewhere. They could steal 
aboard a steamer that very night, free to voyage 
to distant, palm-fringed lands, to loiter in foreign 
cities, to wander hand in hand over the wide world, 
to be wafted in a what was it? in a dahabeah up 
the Nile, he playing Mark Antony to her Cleopatra 
on moonlit nights such as this, gazing from the deck 
over silver sands that lost themselves in the stars. 

There was a faint rustle along the hedges and 
his heart leaped in tumult as Lulie, a filmy wrap 
thrown across her sloping shoulders, glided silently 
into the enchanted circle of the rose-garden. 

" Lulie!" he whispered, rising to his feet and 
tossing away his cigarette. 

She did not answer him but glanced swiftly about 
the garden, and then motioned with her hand toward 
the seat. He could not distinguish the expression 
on her face, but she seemed quite self-possessed in 
spite of her evident caution. Clearly, she was not 
agitated, and yet he did not fear her wrath. Why 
had she come to him? He was trembling as she 
sank down beside him upon the marble bench. 

"Oh, Torn!" she said quickly, turning a sad, 
reproachful face toward his. "Oh, you foolish, 
reckless boy!" 

"I was crazy!" he answered. "I don t know 
how I came to do it. But you were you are so 
lovely!" 

She gave a low laugh. 



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"What possessed you to do such a thing before 
him then there ? " she asked. She had let her 
head fall slightly forward, and the moonlight, steal 
ing through the hedge, fell upon the delicate curve 
of her white neck just below her flat little ear. He 
had stopped trembling. A new and fateful courage 
had come over him. She had sought him volun 
tarily; she was not angry with him; she only 
quarrelled with the time and place of his enforced 
caress. 

Putting his arm around her without opposition, 
he bent over and kissed her where the moonlight 
fell. 

"It s done now!" he said. "Oh, Lulie! I do 
love you!" 



XX 



THE expectant storm at "Beausejour" did not, 
for unknown reasons, eventuate. For several days 
Tom lived in momentary anticipation of a collision 
with Wingate. Not that he cared particularly so 
far as he himself or even Lulie was concerned, yet 
he naturally disliked the idea of being the cause of 
a scandal in a house where he was a visitor. But 
Wingate vanished as suddenly as he had made his 
appearance as suddenly as his curious reconcilia 
tion with Lulie had been rendered abortive. No 
one, not even Allyn, commented upon his depar 
ture. He apparently was neither wanted nor missed. 
On the other hand, Tom thought, or perhaps 
imagined, that he observed a certain added stiff 
ness in his hostess s manner, and a less hearty ap 
preciation of his jokes and conversation on the part 
of her husband. The excitement of the double 
game he was now playing, however, enabled him 
to dismiss this aspect of the matter from his mind. 
It was "all in his eye," he concluded. Even if 
Wingate had "put up a holler" about Lulie to Mrs. 
Scott, they would naturally discount anything he 
might say. It was most unlikely that they would 
believe either the truth or any variation upon it 
that a jealous husband might elaborate. 

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Other considerations made him less easy. One 
of these was that he had been obliged to borrow 
money several times from Allyn. While he fully 
expected to be able to repay it, the fact that his 
mother was cutting short her vacation for lack of 
funds made him feel more or less like a criminal. 
He justified his own luxury and idleness as com 
pared with her shabby surroundings and meagre 
comforts by the always flimsy and now threadbare 
excuse that his present mode of life and companions 
offered an opportunity for future success whereby 
both his mother and himself would greatly profit. 
If he married an heiress, and he could do so as easily 
as he could snap his finger, would not it mean luxury 
to her for the rest of her days ? Of course it would, 
he assured himself. And yet he knew in his heart 
that if he did anything of the kind, not one cent of 
any such blood-money would she accept or touch. 

Yet as he plunged deeper and deeper into his af 
fair with Lulie he managed to smother the thought 
of his mother. She would be all right. He d play 
out his game at Newport while he had the chance, 
and go back home with a pot of money ! He d 
send home a pot of money, anyhow, even if he didn t 
go himself. He couldn t help it. The choice had 
narrowed down, he told himself, to either Pauline 
or Lulie. There was more tang to Lulie, but she 
might not want to marry him; and maybe horrid 
thought! her money was in trust. Pauline was 
safer, much safer for a lot of reasons, and yet he 
couldn t get up much excitement about being owned 



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by Pauline. At times even the vision of yachting 
with her amid the Ionian Isles was marred by the 
suspicion that she would certainly insist on being 
the one to select the precise islands amid which 
they were to yacht. She would "run" him just 
as she ran father. He would be nothing more than 
a highly salaried companion, a sort of royal consort, 
an American Prince Albert without a memorial. 
There was something mid- Victorian about Pauline ! 
She had all the solid British virtues; the regard 
for property; the horror of the unconventional. 
If she had regarded it as proper and young lady 
like to use the term, she would doubtless have stig 
matized Lulie Wingate as a "scarlet woman." She 
often referred to her in terms which left no doubt 
as to her meaning, although she had not the slightest 
inkling of Tom s interest in her. In fact, she was 
complaisant in her conviction that Tom was hers and 
hers alone. 

Thus Mr. Kelly found himself in the delicate, 
if not embarrassing, position of being obliged to 
make passionate love to one lady in order to keep 
her interest, and to temper his attentions to an 
other lest he be snapped up too quickly, while 
yet evincing enough devotion to hold the field 
against all comers. It must be admitted that in 
spite of his inexperience he did both of these things 
to a nicety. Youth quickly learns to love gener- 
ically. In truth, that wise observer Allyn, who 
watched our young rake s progress with amused 
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offered, it was not impossible that his visitor might 
take on still another affair with a widow, this 
time, perhaps which prophecy came true in a 
measure in a totally unexpected manner. 

It was after a very noisy lunch-party at the 
Scotts, on one of the succeeding Sundays, that 
Tom made the acquaintance of a lady who was to 
play a prominent part in his subsequent career. 
He had not noticed her particularly at the table, 
being engrossed on either side with the customary 
debutante, but when the men, after a few mo 
ments in Mr. Scott s smoking "den" an elegant 
apartment finished in quartered oak and hung with 
old English masters rejoined the ladies in the gar 
den, he observed a stout, white-haired woman, 
with a leathery complexion, sitting on the terrace 
surrounded by a group which seemed to be listening 
with the utmost deference to what she had to say. 

"Who s that old party?" he asked of Allyn. 

"That s Mrs. Rutherford Jones," answered his 
friend, "otherwise known as the duchess. You ve 
heard of her, of course? Well, she s the whole 
thing here. Eccentric as a March hare, but a good 
sort, all the same. Be sure and don t offend her, 
whatever you do ! " 

Tom noticed Lulie Wingate, Pauline Selby, Par- 
radym, and Pennington among those standing 
about Mrs. Jones, with several others of the younger 
members of the party. 

"She likes young people," said Allyn, lowering 
his tone. "And her wish is a command." 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 259 

As they crossed the terrace Tom heard a shrill 
voice suddenly exclaim in a dictatorial tone: 

"Who is that handsome young man? Bring 
him to me at once ! " 

"There she blows!" whispered Allyn. "She s 
sighted you ! We must go and make obeisance. " 
And he led Tom toward Mrs. Jones while the others 
made way for them. 

"My dear duchess!" began Allyn, making a 
sweeping bow and laying his hand on his heart, 
"allow me to present one of your most ardent ad 
mirers Mr. Thomas Kelly." 

The duchess nodded briskly at Tom and gave 
him her hand. 

"Well, young man," she cried, "what are you 
doing here in this modern Babylon? Oh, tennis? 
There s no harm in that; on the contrary, I like 
athletic young men when they are not utterly 
stupid. But you do not look stupid at all. I am 
sure you are quite clever. Only you must not be 
too clever like Parradym here! It would be a 
catastrophe to have two Parradyms ! One is enough. 
We keep him around as a sort of buffer to ward 
off evil spirits in the shape of people with brains. 
If one of those awful intellectual people is coming 
to dinner I send for Parry and say: Parry, what 
will stump this professor? And he writes some 
thing on a slip of paper and I put it in my lap, 
and when the soup is passed I look at the poor 
professor and say sternly: What do you think 
about the Iconoclastic Schism? And that is the 



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end of the professor. Eh, Parry, you wicked old 
man?" 

And she shook a tortoise-shell lorgnette at Par- 
radym, who laughed good-naturedly. 

"I commend Mr. Kelly to your good graces," 
he said. "You will find him anxious to please, 
sober, truthful, orthodox, and polite." 

"An excellent recommendation !" replied the duch 
ess. "I wish I could say as much for my butler. 
But if I could, he wouldn t be my butler, would 
he? He d be Archbishop of Canterbury except 
for his orthodoxy. I understand it is no longer 
smart to be orthodox. If one is to be chic, one must 
be a sceptic at least, in private. Now, Mr. Kelly, 
what have you to say for yourself? Do you know 
perchance what the Iconoclastic Schism was?" 

Poor Tom wished he could sink through the 
grass. He glanced helplessly around the circle of 
amused faces. They had all suffered this sort of 
baiting themselves, and knew how he felt. By a 
peculiar coincidence, however, he did remember 
the " Iconoclastic Schism" for the reason that the 
name had been bandied about as a sort of joke 
among the boys during his Freshman year. 

"It was the row between the Pope and the Isau- 
rian Emperor Leo, who wanted to smash all the 
images, wasn t it?" he inquired. 

Mrs. Jones emitted a cackle of delight while the 
others gave unmistakable evidence of astonish 
ment at Tom s extraordinary learning. 

"Just hear the lad!" she cried. " Out of the 



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mouths of babes Parradym, you must look to 
your laurels ! This young person is an Admirable 
Creighton nothing less! I ve got a painter-fellow 
who s been acting as my Grand Vizier, but I m 
tired of him. He makes it his business to find out 
all the horrible traits that people have, and then 
paint them into his pictures. He s painting me now. 
Everybody knows that I am a sweet, retiring, modest, 
religious, gentle old lady, and to look at my por 
trait you would say I was a sort of female Machia- 
velli ! No ! I am through with Berkman ! But 
on with Kelly! Sir Tom, are you enough of an 
opportunist to come for a ride with me. You are so 
clever and young and fresh-looking that, unless I 
get you first, one of these designing young women 
will grab you and take you away." 

The duchess arose and the crowd broke up. It 
was evident to Tom that he was expected to sur 
render himself to Mrs. Jones whether he wanted 
to do so or not. He had planned to ask Pauline to 
go canoeing with him, but he dared not antagonize 
this powerful old lady. Therefore, with the best 
grace that he could, he helped her into her victoria, 
and they started off. 

They were no sooner on the way than her brusque 
autocratic manner gave place to one of kindness. 
It was clear that she really liked young people 
particularly young men and wanted to be nice 
to him. Tom was pleased and flattered at such 
attention from an older woman, particularly one 
of such distinction. Presently he was telling her 



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all about his first years at college, his eventual suc 
cess due to the fortuitous discovery of the "egg," 
and his present social and athletic ambitions. After 
an hour s run she dropped him at the Scotts, hav 
ing first extracted from him a promise to lunch with 
her the following day. 

"What an extraordinary old girl!" he remarked 
to Allyn as they with Parradym were smoking a 
last cigar together before going to bed that night. 
"She made herself most agreeable. I think she s 
taken quite a fancy to me." 

Allyn nodded grimly. 

"Yes," he said, "she has a way of gobbling people 
up like that swallowing them whole. She likes 
you, yes. I don t wish to derogate from the im 
pression you may have created on her susceptible 
old heart. But she s fickle always was. She s 
been married three times! Divorced the other 
two, and poor old Jones died couldn t stand the 
pace, I guess. Rich as mud. Entertains all the 
time, you know swellest kind of parties all the 
royalties. Hence her title duchess. 

"She may be fickle, but she s a good old soul, all 
the same. You said so yourself to-day after lunch. 
I like her," answered Tom stoutly. 

"We aU like her!" agreed Parradym. "You 
can t help liking a woman of her energy, executive 
ability, and superficial good nature. Of course 
she s arrogant and dictatorial, but somebody s got 
to rule the roost, and she s got the time and the 
money. She might as well as anybody else. Only 
don t let her turn your head." 



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"How do you mean?" asked Tom in a superior 
fashion. 

She d given it to old Parradym rather hard that 
afternoon. No wonder he felt sore. 

"Well," answered Parradym. "Of course you ve 
made a hit with her. But you re not the first nor 
will you be the last. She wants something of you, 
and when she s had it she ll throw you over, 
chuck you out, just as she has the others." 

"Don t you think her capable of an unselfish 
friendship?" demanded Tom. 

"Capable of it, perhaps," retorted Parradym, 
"but unless it is love at first sight, which you ll 
admit isn t probable, it s hardly likely that her 
pla tonic regard is entirely altruistic. I m a fairly 
old man. I ve seen a whole lot of this sort of thing, 
and I tell you these old women are after some 
thing." 

"Well, what is it, then?" snapped Tom. 

"Your youth!" replied Parradym with sudden 
bitterness. "They ll hang on to you, and sap your 
vitality just as a weasel sucks an egg. It isn t only 
the young women, like the one in the picture that 
goes with Kipling s poem, but the old ones as well 
that are the vampires. These withered old crones 
want young people that are fresh and vigorous about 
them. They want their blood, and they ll pay any 
price to get it." 

"By George!" cried Tom indignantly, but more 
on his own account than on that of the duchess. 
"I really don t think you ought to speak about peo 
ple in such a way. It s it s almost disgusting!" 



264 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"Of course it is, my dear fellow," agreed Parry. 
"But lots of life is disgusting. Forewarned is fore 
armed." 

"Well, I don t believe it!" growled Tom. "You 
fellows don t see any good in anybody ! I m going 
to bed!" 

Yet in spite of his note of defiance he dreamed 
that night that he was lying bound upon a couch 
half-covered by a sheet, and that old Mrs. Ruther 
ford Jones sat cross-legged somewhere above and 
sucked his blood through a pair of lorgnettes, while 
she gibbered: 

"Even as you and I ! Even as you and I !" 



XXI 

FOR some reason which Tom could not fully 
understand the two weeks allotted by him for the 
purpose of getting into physical trim for the tennis 
tournament were not productive of the expected 
results. He practised daily on various private 
courts or on the grounds of the Casino, studiously 
avoided alcohol and tobacco, and endeavored so 
far as possible to be in bed by eleven o clock. But 
in spite of his efforts some influence which he was 
unable to define had affected the accuracy of his 
vision and the certainty of his stroke. While he 
felt in perfect physical health, the "pink of con 
dition" in fact, his sleep was fitful and his appetite 
did not respond to the menu of elaborate simplicity 
which Mrs. Scott had ordered her chef to prepare 
for him. 

There was something in the air what, he could 
not make out which deprived his play of its snap 
and brilliance of the year before. The expostula 
tions of Allyn and the milder protests of Parradym 
had made him self-conscious, and whereas thereto 
fore he had not thought at all about where he should 
hit the ball, he now kept wondering whether he 
was hitting it in the right place. He could serve 
the "egg," but he could not serve it with the same 

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accuracy, and the fact that he perceived other 
players lounging on the benches and about the 
grounds studying his service made him nervous. 

One lank youth with yellow hair from Leland 
Stanford had been pointed out to him as a coming 
"Western Wonder," and more than once he had 
caught the fellow at a distance watching his de 
livery and apparently taking note of the effect of 
each cut upon the service. Beyond the fact that 
the name of the unknown was Calkins, Tom knew 
nothing of him; but he conceived a pronounced 
distaste for his tousled yellow "mop," his bob- 
tailed blue coat, and his extremely high-water 
duck trousers. For some peculiar reason Calkins 
made Tom think of his own earlier self. He had 
worn just such a bobtailed coat and just such 
trousers. Now he rode to the Casino in the Scott 
brougham, and was assisted out by the Scott foot 
man, who handed him his silver-mounted racket- 
cases as if he were serving royalty, and indeed Tom, 
clad in his immaculate white polo-coat, his care 
fully pressed flannels, and his silk shirt with its open 
rolling collar, and its full sleeves buttoned tight 
around his wrists, looked not unlike a young noble 
man just up from Oxford at an English house-party. 

As the day for the drawing drew nearer, Tom 
became more and more anxious about himself. 
He didn t seem acclimated to the air of Newport. 
He was in a constant state of excitement, physical 
and mental. Yet outwardly he gave no indication 
of his condition, and his friends continued to ac- 



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claim him vociferously as the coming champion, 
or at least the " runner-up," and professed that he 
would walk triumphantly through the preliminaries 
to the semifinals. Tom himself felt strange mis 
givings. He knew that the virtue had gone out 
of him somehow. Something told him that through 
the "egg" alone could he hope to win. Yet, after 
all, he knew in his heart that the "egg" was noth 
ing but a trick. He had made a practice of getting 
up for an early morning walk, in which Parradym 
frequently joined him, and on several occasions, 
out by the golf-links, they had passed Calkins 
jogging along without his coat on a three or four 
mile sprint, warming himself up for the day s work. 

"There s a fellow that means business," said 
Parradym. "They tell me he has had to work his 
way through college by tutoring in the summer." 

"He looks like a ruffled grouse/" growled Tom. 
"I guess he s a close student of the game, though. 
Hope I don t draw him in the preliminaries ! " 

Tom did not draw Calkins in the preliminary 
round, but found himself pitted against mediocre 
players who had entered the tournament more for 
the fun of the thing than for anything else, and 
these he defeated generally without evoking the 
genie hidden in his marvellous "egg" serve. Once, 
however, when severely pushed by an old war- 
horse at the game, he was forced to use it and easily 
won a final love set. His victory was greeted with 
enthusiastic applause from the spectators, but it 
was marred for Tom by the sight of Calkins loafing 



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in a soiled cap at the far end of the benches, a point 
of excellent vantage for watching either the de 
livery of a service or its return. 

He won his first four matches, had an accession 
of confidence, regained something of his old snap, 
and then found that he was to play against Calkins 
in the fourth series before the semifinals. In some 
inexplicable way it had become generally known, 
although none had seen Calkins play, that Tom 
was likely to meet a worthy antagonist in the Cali- 
fornian, and on the morning of their match Tom 
found a large gallery assembled at the Casino. The 
Scotts and Welfleets were all there, as well as the 
Selbys, and most of his college friends were gathered 
in the front row. Pauline and Lulie both threw 
him glances of encouragement as he tossed away 
his polo-coat, and shook hands with the awkward 
boy in the high-water trousers. 

Calkins won the toss, and took the serve and 
the first game by a terrific smashing service end 
ing in a long low shoot, the force of which almost 
knocked Tom s racket from his hand. Tom, hold 
ing the "egg" in reserve, tried a similar serve on 
the Leland Stanford man, and a hot battle ensued, 
both fighting for possession of the net, from which 
Tom was finally driven through the apparently 
miraculous ability of his opponent to lob. The 
games now stood two-love in favor of the Westerner. 
Again Tom lost. Three-love ! 

By this time the crowds were deserting the other 
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against each other. Tom knew that the time had 
come, if it ever was coming, for him to disclose 
the famous service which his friends fondly believed 
would make him the national champion. 

Stepping swiftly up to the back of the line he 
tossed the ball in the air, and cut it sharply with 
a terrific left-hand stroke. The ball whirred over 
the net, struck, as he had intended, in the right-hand 
corner of the service court, and bounded sharply, 
almost at a right angle, to the left, while Calkins 
waved at it vainly on the right. A titter went up 
from the audience which broke into a laugh as Cal 
kins made a humorous grimace in the direction of 
the retreating ball. 

But at Tom s second service, instead of with 
drawing behind the back line, Calkins took his stand 
bravely in the centre of the court. Again Tom 
tossed the ball in the air, again sent it whining with 
the tremendous impact imparted to it toward the 
other corner of the court. This time likewise it 
bounded in a direction contrary to its course, but 
it had no sooner struck earth than the Californian 
sprang upon it with a leap, caught it squarely in 
the centre of his racket, and returned it with a ter 
rific cross court which Tom all but failed to get. 
His ball rose high, sailing straight for the centre 
of the net where Calkins was waiting to smash it, 
ten feet over Tom s frantic swing. 

"He s got it," thought Tom desperately. "He s 
been studying it all the time." 

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"egg" offered no obvious difficulties to the West 
erner. In fact, Tom s straight cannon-ball service 
won him more games than the now discredited 
"egg." This Calif ornian farmer began to fill Tom 
with terror. He seemed to have muscles of iron and 
lungs of leather, for he didn t turn a hair at the 
tremendous pace Tom set for him, while the Har 
vard champion found himself reeking and panting 
at the end of every rally. 

By an almost superhuman effort Tom won the 
third set, practically collapsed at the fourth, and 
lost the match to his opponent, having taken but 
nine games out of twenty-four ! 

He made an heroic effort, befitting a good sports 
man, to be cheerful and good-natured over this 
heart-breaking result, and vaulted gracefully, if 
not gayly, over the net to grasp the calloused hand 
of the "Ruffled Grouse." He felt very picturesque 
and very magnanimous as he did this, and he tried 
to make a little speech to Calkins which should 
epitomize the sensational aspect of the occasion. 

"Old man," he cried grandiloquently, "I don t 
grudge you this victory; you deserve it! But I 
hardly expected to be put out so soon. You re a 
wonder!" 

Strangely enough the Californian did not seem 
to think that the occasion was one of any particular 
moment, nor that the victory was at all surprising. 

"Thanks," he said shortly, putting on a faded 
bath-robe. "That s all right. I expect you re a 
bit out of condition. That egg is rather neat. 



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But on the whole I prefer an old-fashioned smash. 
So long." 

Thus ended the brief and sensational sporting 
career of Thomas Kelly, Esquire, erstwhile of New- 
bury Street, Boston. But it had served its pur 
pose. Through it he had stepped into his own, 
into the world of wealth and fashion, into a future 
of untold possibilities. 



XXII 

MY DEAR MR. KELLY: 

It will give me the sincerest pleasure if you will make one 
of my house-party after your visit to Mrs. Scott is over. 
I do not know how long you are planning to remain in New 
port, but I should be delighted to have you regard my house 
as your home for whatever length of time you care to stay. 
Berkman is leaving to-morrow and his room is at your dis 
posal. Do come ! 

Cordially yours, 

ANNA RUTHERFORD JONES. 

Thus ran the note which the blue footman 
handed to Tom on a silver salver upon his return 
to "Beausejour." Had he received it in June he 
would have been instantly rilled with ecstatic ex 
citement at such a pressing invitation from one 
of the "leaders" if not the "leader" of New 
port society. As it was, he merely thrust it into 
his pocket and lit a cigarette. 

So the old girl was making up to him ! It would 
probably be beastly dull staying with her, and yet 
it offered an opportune excuse to escape from the 
somewhat chilly hospitality of Mrs. Scott. There 
were other reasons, too, for going. For one, there 
were disadvantages about being in the same house 
with Lulie. You couldn t be at high pressure all the 
time. You might burst your boiler. For another, 

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he had already stayed at "Beausejour" a full month 
and felt that he had outworn his welcome. Besides, 
he owed Allyn seven hundred dollars which he had 
no immediate prospect of being able to repay, and 
it was embarrassing to be constantly reminded of 
the unpleasant fact by the presence of his friend. 
Last, there were new people to be met at Mrs. 
Jones s, new debutantes to fascinate, new million 
aires to " cotton to," in short, new fields to conquer 
by virtue of the sword of his social charm. So he 
remarked casually to Allyn that evening: 

"You ve been awfully good to put me up here 
for so long, and I ve had a perfectly ripping time. 
Now that my match is over I ve really no excuse 
for hanging on, but old lady Jones has asked me 
over to stay with her awhile, and she s been so 
decent to me I rather feel as if I ought to go." 

" Sorry to have you leave us," answered Allyn 
rather coldly. "But you ll no doubt enjoy your 
self there for a while. Anyhow you can stay until 
the finals. When does she want you?" 

" To-morrow," replied Tom, a little jarred by 
his friend s tone. 

They were standing at the door of the royal suite 
on the point of going to bed, with the valet loiter 
ing unobtrusively in the offing. Tom wondered 
if Allyn knew anything about Lulie. It was quite 
unlikely. But it would be a relief to get out of the 
house. The valet could pack his things the first 
thing in the morning. The valet ! It came to him 
suddenly that the man would have a right to expect 



274 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

a handsome gratuity for waiting upon him for a 
month twenty-five dollars at least! And there 
would be the butler, and the three footmen that 
were always on duty in the hall and dining-room, 
and the two chambermaids, and horrors ! the 
four different drivers that had taken him about, 
and the steward on the yacht, and the quarter 
master on the launch, the man that carried the 
trunks, and maybe the housekeeper. It would 
make a hundred dollar bill "look sick!" He al 
most turned faint and poured himself a Scotch- 
and-soda. Then he took the bull by the horns. 

"Damn it all, Allyn!" he remarked, as if the 
thought had just occurred to him. "I find I ve 
run short again! Can you lend me another hun 
dred? 7 

Allyn smiled. 

"I think so," he said, not unkindly. "Eight 
hundred now, isn t it? He stepped inside the 
threshold and closed the door behind him. "Look 
here, old man. You don t mind my speaking, do 
you? You re really hitting up too hot a pace! 
You see, you re my guest and all that, and I feel 
it s partly my all our fault. But you simply 
mustn t go on this way. Don t think I m afraid 
I ll lose my money. You know it isn t that. I 
shan t think of it again. It s you I m worried about. 
You may think it funny coming from me! But 
you make us all look like pikers. You ll kill your 
self!" 

"I don t know what you mean, at all !" answered 
Tom, taken utterly by surprise. 



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Allyn decanted a glass of whiskey and threw 
himself back in a leather chair - 

"Don t be sore on me/ he continued. "You re 
different from us or at least you were. That s 
the point, and I feel responsible. You d hit the 
bottle a little in Cambridge, but when you landed 
in Newport you were pretty much all to the good 
sound in wind and limb a clean-minded, jolly, 
simple old Boston son of a gun. Now look at you ! 
All out of condition. Panting and wallowing like 
a walrus all over the court in a national tournament. 
Throwing around money like water. Dangling 
after a lot of little girls and letting them flatter 
you. Sucking up as much rum as I do and more. 
Smoking yourself to death. And finally, getting 
pie-eyed, you get a strangle-hold upon my esteemed 
married sister and kiss her right in front of her 
hubby. Really, you know, the thing isn t done 
except in novels, maybe!" 

He laughed with a flat attempt at gayety, ob 
viously trying to make things as easy as possible 
for his friend. But his words made Tom writhe. 

"I m sorry you feel that way about me!" he 
stammered. He knew Allyn meant it in all kind 
ness, and yet he could not bring himself to take 
such a dressing down in good part. Allyn had 
done nothing less than insult him. He took a few 
turns up and down the room to get his bearings. 

"Don t be angry with me, old top!" Allyn hur 
ried on. "You see it s only because we re so fond 
of you that it makes any difference. Now there s 
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"Oh, he s been talking about me too, has he?" 
snapped Tom. 

"Oh, no ! Parry s one of your best friends 

"The hell he is! Look here, Allyn. You may 
mean well enough, but it strikes me you re going 
a bit too far. If that s the way you feel, the sooner 
I leave the better." 

His egotism had overcome his humiliation, and 
he spoke now with lowered lids and a curl on his 
lips. 

Allyn arose. He could not insult a guest, even 
if the guest had abused his hospitality. 

"Look here, Tom!" he said earnestly. "Don t 
be sore! Of course, I took a chance in speaking; 
but I was honestly worried about you. I m sorry 
if I ve hurt your feelings. But, you see, I was only 
doing it for your own good. I may be wrong, at 
that! Let s be friends, anyhow! Give us your 
paw, old bear!" 

He held out his hand and Tom, who recognized 
that he deserved every word that Allyn had ut 
tered, and more, and that his pose of righteous in 
dignation was absurd, took it in his. 

"That s all right, Allyn!" he said gruffly. 

"That s a good Kelly!" answered Allyn heartily. 

It was or should have been the cue to a real rec 
onciliation to a frank confession and apology on 
Tom s part to a new endeavor, more tactful per 
haps, on that of his friend to put him right. A blur 
came over Tom s eyes. He knew he was a swine ! 
Knew that it was all true I And Allyn was a good 



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sort to tell him ! His heart warmed to his friend, 
he wanted to throw his arm around his shoulder and 
beg his pardon, to make it all up and admit what a 
nincompoop he was ! For Tom, in the inner recesses 
of his soul, preserved an invisible set of spiritual 
weights and measures which he sometimes used un 
consciously. He recognized perfectly well that he 
was a swine, but he excused himself on the ground 
that he was living in the same pen and feeding out 
of the same trough with like animals. As long as he 
was doing so, his swinishness did not seem to him 
to carry with it the same moral obliquity. He was 
in Rome and doing as the Romans did, that was 
all. And now as he looked into Allyn s kindly 
eyes his better nature gained the ascendant. His 
lip trembled and he was on the point of bursting 
out into a full confession of his swinishness, and 
an appeal to Allyn to help him turn his back 
upon it. 

Allyn, holding Tom s right hand in his, uncon 
sciously thrust his left into his trousers pocket. 
It came in contact with a roll of crisp bills. Allyn 
was only aware that Tom had "come around," 
and was no longer angry with him. He had no 
intimation of the depths to which his friend s nature 
had been stirred how near Tom really was to an 
emotional crisis which might have had a revolu 
tionary result upon his character and future. Allyn s 
fingers closed on the bills, and he instinctively drew 
them forth at the very instant that Tom was about 
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"Well, here s that hundred!" he remarked jo 
cosely. "Are you sure that s all you want?" 

The sight and crackle of the bills with the words 
that accompanied them strangled Tom s change 
of heart in the very moment of its birth, choked 
it like a hod of ashes poured over a tender hapless 
sprout. Instantly he hardened. Withdrawing his 
hand almost roughly from Allyn s, he stepped back 
scowling : 

"Curse your money!" he cried fiercely. "I 
won t touch a cent of the damned stuff!" 

But in the next instant he realized that he must. 



XXIII 

IT would be fruitless to dwell in detail upon 
Tom s visit to Mrs. Jones. The summer life in the 
various mansions along the Ocean Walk and Rhode 
Island Avenue differs but little, and his days were 
passed in the same round of frivolous activities 
as before, save that he found that his new hostess 
regarded herself as having, in exchange for her 
hospitality, the first claim upon his time. While 
at the Scotts he had been free to come and go ex 
actly as he chose, with no questions asked, but at 
Mrs. Jones s he was expected to lunch and dine with 
his hostess whenever she remained at home and to 
spend many hours, when he would have preferred 
to be on the water or at the Casino, in entertain 
ing her at whist and piquet. 

Soon he found himself assisting as a matter 
of course in arranging the guests at her constant 
dinner and luncheon parties, and acting as un- 
salaried majordomo of her establishment. Just 
how this had come about he was unable to explain. 
He had at first felt flattered at the confidence re 
posed in him, but when this extended to his being 
held personally responsible for the happiness of 
all the more unattractive female guests he was in 
clined to rebel. Yet, had he rebelled he would 

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have had no place to go. Mrs. Jones was more 
than kind; but she also expected him to be more 
than kind, even if he was less than kin. He could 
at any moment have cast himself upon the Selbys 
and been received with open arms, but this would 
have embarrassed him. If he was going to live on 
Pa Selby for the rest of his life he didn t want to 
begin just now. He d take his off time first. Be 
sides it would have complicated his affair with 
Lulie. So he stayed on, occupying a position in 
the house rather like that of an eldest son who has 
just returned home after a prolonged absence. Par- 
radym, when they met, eyed him with sinister 
humor. It was plain that the aged sycophant re 
garded him as already having descended to a lower 
level. 

Whether it was due to Parradym s attitude or 
to the increasing exactions of his hostess, Tom s 
visit at Mrs. Jones s rapidly began to pall upon him. 
He had now enjoyed her hospitality for nearly a 
month, the social season was slightly on the wane, 
and as her engagements decreased in number Mrs. 
Jones availed herself more and more of Tom s so 
ciety. Before the end of the first week in September 
he found that she expected him to spend most of his 
time with her. She had become, as she frequently 
told him, increasingly fond of him. But as often 
happens, her fondness carried with it an infor 
mality of treatment which, while at times verging on 
the sentimental was at others peremptorily exact 
ing and almost contemptuous. There were many 



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occasions when she could not have been more gracious 
or even tender, but this did not preclude her from 
ordering him about like a servant when she felt so 
disposed. 

Altogether Tom felt that he had earned his pas 
sage during the month he had stayed with her, and 
he might have departed sooner than he did had he 
not discovered that a show of meekness only led to 
greater indignities, and that a display of indigna 
tion upon the whole rather pleased her than other 
wise. Thus their relations presently came to re 
semble those of a mismatched couple who indulged 
in frequent quarrels invariably followed by periods 
of reconciliation. During these Mrs. Jones was ac 
customed to assert that she was a lonely old woman, 
that nobody loved her, that she looked upon Tom 
almost as a son, and that if he ever left her it would 
break her heart. As often, however, she would 
charge him with selfishness and neglect, and 
upbraid him for leaving her alone to amuse her 
self. 

Tom s self-respect suffered severely during this 
humiliating period, but as he wished to remain in 
Newport until his cruise with the Selbys he had no 
choice but to stay where he was. He soon dis 
covered, however, that Allyn s opinion of his host 
ess was sounder than the one which he had himself 
originally expressed. It might well be that the old 
girl was not a human vampire, but he was now frank 
to admit that there was something unwholesome 
about her just what, he could not define. For 



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one thing she had a way of making him come and 
sit down upon a stool at her side and patting his 
cheek with her bony old hand. On these occasions 
she frequently gave him what she called "good ad 
vice" as to his policy and conduct of life. It may 
have been that she had an unselfish affection for this 
young man, as she had had for other young men be 
fore him; or it may have been and probably was 
the fact that her interest in him was too complex for 
analysis. Whatever its precise character it was un 
fortunate that at this point in Tom s nascent career 
an older woman should have not only flattered him 
with her attention but should have sought, sincerely 
or otherwise, to persuade him that life was a game 
of chance played on a crooked wheel. 

"Come here, Tommy!" she ordered one eve 
ning. 

All the guests had gone and his aged hostess was 
sitting before her own picture, smoking a cigarette 
before going to her room. 

"Come here and let me talk to you." 

Tom obediently took his place by her side, and 
she laid her hand affectionately on his. 

"Don t let that artist fellow Berkman give you 
any of his queer ideas, Tommy! He s a perfect 
magpie ! None of the things he says are his own. 
And he shouts so ! That s why I got rid of him. 
Do you suppose I d ever have accepted my portrait 
in an unfinished condition if I could have stood him 
a moment longer? Never ! I suppose he talked you 
deaf, dumb, and blind, didn t he?" 



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Tom laughed uneasily 

"He certainly likes to talk," he parried. 

"Talk! That s all he can do. What does an 
ugly little brat like that know about life? He can 
daub paint on a canvas yes ! But all his life 
long he ll get nothing that he doesn t have to fight 
for!" 

"Perhaps you mean that he doesn t have to 
pay for, " hazarded Tom. 

"Put it your own way," she retorted sharply. 
"Which do you value most, what you buy for 
dirty money or what is given freely? Is a woman s 
love you can buy with money worth having? The 
world is full of two kinds of people, Tom; those 
who have charm and those who have not. It be 
longs to the first. They are the overlords of life, 
and the others pay tribute to them like peasants. 
They ask for what they want and they get it. 
Berkman is a peasant." 

She looked keenly at Tom. 

"But you re one of the others, Tom!" she said: 
"You can have what you want for the asking. And 
it s something to be proud of, not ashamed of! 
Youth ! It s the gift of the gods !" 

She bit her lips and gripped the arm of the chair 
with her unoccupied hand. 

"My God ! What wouldn t I give to be young !" 
she groaned suddenly, so that he was startled. 
"Don t mind me, Tommy! I m just a foolish old 
woman, who sees life slipping away from her before 
she s ready to go, and wants a few hundred years 



284 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

more of it. Take all you can get, Tom. Women 
like you, and women run the game. Don t make 
any mistake about that. Anything you want a 
woman can get for you. And don t be afraid to 
ask her, either. She ll be more than ready to give 
it to you. For you ve got the greatest thing in all 
the world youth immortal youth ! " 

Tom was acutely embarrassed and at the same 
time hugely flattered. But he realized the tragic 
note in what his hostess was saying. Not knowing 
what to reply, he lit a cigarette in a self-conscious 
manner and blew smoke rings, waiting until she 
should resume. 

"You wonder why I say these things to you? 
It s only because I m fond of you really devoted 
to you, and I want to see you make a success. Don t 
go off and marry the first foolish little chit that 
makes eyes at you. Don t get tied up with some 
married woman or any woman that hasn t any 
future or position. Wait ! You ve plenty of time. 
Heavens, you re only twenty! Have your fling 
see the world sow your wild oats if you want to 
only ask me about it, first. But don t be in a 
hurry! Then when the right girl comes along 
why, take her! And any girl would have you 
believe me! I m a wise old woman and I 
know!" 

"Thanks!" laughed Tom. "You re highly flat 
tering. And I intend to follow your advice. But 
wouldn t I be buying the lady, just the same as 
any other?" 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 285 

Mrs. Jones smiled a wrinkled smile and shook 
her finger at him indulgently. 

"You clever child! Well, perhaps you would. 
But at any rate you would be getting a better bar 
gain." 



XXIV 

THE announcement of Tom s contemplated cruise 
upon the Pauline brought a renewed outburst from 
Mrs. Jones. It was, she asserted, an absurd waste 
of his time and a dangerous interruption in his so 
far highly successful career. Mrs. Jones had or 
claimed to have " plans " for Tom what they 
were she did not disclose which would be vitally 
disarranged by his abrupt departure at this time. 
To go sailing off alone with a young girl on a yacht 
even if her father and mother were along would 
in a sense compromise him. He would be regarded 
as having had the bloom rubbed off, so to speak. 
Moreover, she expected shortly to return to her 
" spring-and-autumn place" at Roslyn, Long 
Island, and she wanted him to assist her in the 
onerous task of transferring her household thither. 
Tom, suspecting that this was the "plan" to which 
she referred, resolutely declined to be diverted, ex 
plaining that he was under a binding obligation to 
make the trip and that, anyhow, he had no interest 
in the girl. 

Wise old Mrs. Jones, however, merely laughed at 
him. He was going, she protested, for no other 
purpose than to marry the first million dollars 
worth of pickle- jars who proposed to him. The 

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whole thing was nothing but a scheme, on the 
part of the Selbys, to get him where he would be 
helpless and then bind him hand and foot. These 
yachting trips were inevitably the debacle in promis 
ing young lives. At last, perceiving him to be in 
exorable, she yielded rather more gracefully than 
might have been expected and, having extorted a 
promise from him to join her in the country im 
mediately upon his return, bade him a sinister fare 
well. 

Lulie presented greater difficulty. Ever since 
her husband s sudden disappearance from "Beause- 
jour" she had evinced an interest in Tom which, 
while delightful at times, was at others extremely 
disconcerting. Coincidently there seemed to be 
something mysterious going on in her private af 
fairs just what he was unable to surmise. She 
was as alluring as ever, more alluring now that she 
was no longer merely a vision but there was less 
frivolity in her attitude toward him. This worried 
Tom, rather. It was quite true that he had kissed 
her in the moonlight and had told her that he loved 
her, as he had others. But he had no idea of com 
mitting himself to a wedding march, ever so prob 
lematical, with her or of leading her to believe that 
he had. Simply because you took a married woman 
in your arms and swore you adored her was no 
reason certainly not ! for thinking that you were 
prepared to face the ignominy of a divorce court 
and a future without alimony. 

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aged to create an atmosphere of finality about their 
relations that somewhat frightened him. Why, 
dozens of men must have done the same thing to her 
before without getting into any such muddle. He 
almost wished that he could confide in old Mother 
Jones, but he instinctively realized that if he did it 
would be good-by to Lulie ! The old dragon would 
eat her alive ! On the other hand, it looked as if 
Lulie might eat him alive ! But then poor Tom was 
almost ready to be eaten alive. One day he would 
be thirsty for her presence, and the very next he 
would be gasping at the dilemma in which the 
service upon him of a legal document naming him 
as a corespondent would place him. Was he willing 
to have Lulie and her three millions at such a price ? 
Any suggestion that he proposed to go sailing off 
all over the Maine coast with Pauline Selby would 
have brought about a crisis which he had no courage 
to face. He wasn t ready to marry Lulie in spite 
of his passion for her. In fine he shrewdly suspected 
that the fact that he could not possibly marry her 
had been one of the elements in her original at 
traction for him. One didn t marry Cleopatra or 
Semiramis or Mrs. Potiphar ! 

So he carefully concealed his traitorous intention, 
trusting to chance to make it possible for him to find 
a plausible excuse for his desertion at the appropriate 
time. As luck would have it, Lulie received a sudden 
summons by telegraph from New York from her 
lawyer, she explained with dark suggestiveness the 
day before the departure of the Pauline, and he saw 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 289 

her enter the Pullman car at the junction, and 
bade her farewell through the open window feeling 
like a schoolboy who kisses his mother good-by 
just before playing hookey. 

The elder Selbys greeted Tom effusively. There 
was that in their manner which indicated that his 
appearance on board the yacht was tantamount 
to putting the final seals on a prenuptial agree 
ment. Pauline, herself, displayed a new and un 
wonted in fact almost maidenly shyness and 
reserve. Also to Tom s astonishment he discovered 
a totally unexpected passenger in the person of 
Parradym. 

The cruise started auspiciously after a dinner 
eaten while the yacht was still at her moorings in 
Newport Harbor, for the captain had wisely de 
cided to make his first essay of the broad rollers 
of the Atlantic while the family were safely in their 
berths and to get as many as possible of the 
four hundred sea miles to Mt. Desert behind the 
Pauline s propeller before it should be necessary 
for them to get up again. 

Tom had received another letter from his mother 
just before his departure, but he had thrust it into 
his pocket in the vague apprehension that it might 
contain something which would interfere with his 
embarkation. Once the Pauline had weighed anchor, 
and it was no longer possible for him to return, he 
opened it in the privacy of his stateroom. As he 
expected, his mother had returned to Boston and 



290 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

longed to see him again. She had read, she said, 
of his defeat in the tournament, but she appre 
ciated the fact that he was probably too much dis 
appointed by the result to write to her about it. 
There was nothing now, however, to keep him longer 
in Newport, and she hoped that he would return 
at once in time to enter the law school. She was 
anxious that he should do this and become a lawyer, 
like his father. Everybody said he was so " bright" 
that she was sure he could easily become a great 
man if he only tried like Rufus Choate, perhaps. 
She still continued to "do rather poorly" as she 
expressed it, but she hoped that the quiet of New- 
bury Street and Bridget s good old-fashioned cook 
ing would soon make her feel like herself again.- The 
only hint of uneasiness in the letter was contained 
in the concluding sentence: 

" My dear, dear boy," she wrote in a hand more shaky, 
Tom noticed, than in her preceding letter. " I hope the plea 
sures of athletics and social life have not taken your mind 
off higher things or your duty toward Him to whom we owe 
everything. Oh, my dear son ! My constant prayer is that 
you will bear yourself worthily as a follower of Jesus Christ. 
" Your devoted mother, 

" CAROLINE M. KELLY." 

Tom, who was sitting upon a wicker divan with 
his feet on the bed when he read the letter, ground 
the end of the cigar which he was smoking between 
his teeth. Why did his mother invariably write 
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to read it! He made a face, not so much at the 
sentiments contained in her epistle, as at what he 
regarded as the indelicacy of forever talking and 
writing about that kind of thing. Anyhow it was 
a relief to know that he would not have to ask Selby 
to turn back to Newport or put in at Boston. His 
mother was all right. That cough of hers which 
had been familiar to him for twenty years was 
half if not all nervousness. She d do well enough 
once she had Bridget to look after her. He crunched 
the letter into his coat pocket, intending to throw 
it overboard, and filled his gold cigarette-case from 
a gilded glass box upon the table by the port-hole. 
It was a swell room, all right! The chintz was 
really bully! He did not know, of course, that 
Pauline had selected it herself, and had had the 
stateroom expensively decorated for his coming. 

He threw on his polo-coat, to get which had been 
the ostensible reason for going to his stateroom, 
and mounted the companionway to the deck, where 
he found the whole party having coffee under the 
awning, and watching the lights of Newport fast 
dimming behind them. 

"Well," nodded Ma Selby, "here we are at last. 
We ought to have a real good time for the next 
two weeks." 

"Th comp ny s all right, anyhow!" agreed her 
husband. "Just what I like, one or two congenial 
people so s not to be lonely, and not enough to have 
to make any effort." 

"That s what I like, too," echoed his wife. "Not 



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havin to make an effort! I do get tired at New 
port with all this going out to dinner not but 
what I like it, too!" she added, for fear that Tom 
might infer that she was by nature unadapted to 
the higher life. 

"You heard what the cabby said to Captain 
Granger the other day?" remarked Parradym af 
fably, saving the conversation from plunging into 
the depths of personal reminiscence. Granger, you 
know, is an Englishman, and picked up a cab just 
to see the town. What do all these people do to 
amuse themselves? he inquired of the driver. 
Feed off one another, mostly/ said the cabby." 

Pa Selby slapped his knee. "That s a good one ! 
That s just how I feel about it! Feed off one 
another ! Ha ! Ha ! That s what 7 always say ! 
What s the use of feeding off one another when you 
can feed at home ? " he inquired. 

"Exactly!" answered Parradym, winking im 
perceptibly at Tom. 

The Pauline slipped swiftly down Narragansett 
Bay, and soon a slight lift of the bows foretold 
their approach to deep water. 

"Well, I m going to turn in!" speedily declared 
Mrs. Selby, addressing her husband. "You better 
come too, papa. You ain t used to the ocean. 
The young folks can stay up as long as they 
want to!" 

"Good night, everybody!" at once said Mr. 
Selby obediently. "You may not see us again very 
soon. But the captain says we ought to be in 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 293 

Bar Harbor to-morrow afternoon. Anyhow, if you 
don t see what you want, ring for it !" 

The two old people with much effort negotiated 
the upper steps of the slippery companionway, and 
presently disappeared. 

"Does anybody want to walk up and down a 
little?" inquired Pauline innocently. 

"Anybody does/ answered Parradym with a 
smile. "But I prefer to sit here and smoke. You 
two young things can go and amuse yourselves. 
I won t look." 

The yacht was meeting the combers head on, 
her bow sending upward great showers of moonlit 
spray. Tom slipped Pauline s hand through his 
arm, and led her to where they could stand in the 
shelter of the bridge and watch the great undulat 
ing waste of the silvered ocean. 

The girl was, contrary to her usual habit, strangely 
silent, and Tom, rinding it difficult to think of any 
thing appropriate to say, stood there speechless be 
side her. Pauline did not look at him; indeed, she 
did not seem to be looking anywhere, and he could 
without difficulty divine that she was deeply moved 
by something. He realized distinctly that it was 
"his move." She had worked herself up to a su 
preme emotional crisis, planned the whole thing to 
give him this opportunity the very first night out 
so that they could have the full benefit of the entire 
voyage as acknowledged lovers. Old Parradym 
had been brought along to amuse the others even 
if he were not a party to the plot, and the almanac 



294 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

consulted in advance as to the weather and the 
moon. 

Yet Tom felt no responding thrill. Not one 
beat faster did his callous young heart register 
as Pauline moved a shade closer to him, and 
tightened almost unnoticeably the clasp of her 
hand upon his arm. But he had to say something ! 
And he did feel something like pity for this fresh, 
young creature who was so obviously eating her 
heart out for him. After all she was his friend, his 
playmate almost an intimate. It was hard to 
feel that he was the cause of making her suffer. 
That she was suffering was obvious. She had tuned 
herself up to this great moment and her nerves 
were tense ready to snap on the one hand or to 
burst into a joyous ecstatic love-song upon the 
other. And all for him! Why? he asked him 
self. He had never said anything to her. He had 
never given her any real encouragement. Com 
pared with his conduct regarding Lulie, he had 
acted toward her like a human icicle. It was rather 
nice, though, to have a girl, particularly such a 
stunner as Pauline, all fussed up over one ! Why, 
hang it, the child was actually head over ears in 
love with him ! She really was a dear ! He wanted 
to put his arm around her and draw her tightly to 
him and tell her how very, very nice he thought 
she was; but something warned him not to do it. 
It was not entirely the recollection of Ma Selby 
either, although her gestures and figure were vividly 
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Pauline was at times appallingly like her. These 
athletic girls were apt to put on weight if they 
stopped exercising even for a moment. He could 
never stand a fat Pauline! Moreover, the remarks 
of old lady Jones had given him something to think 
about. He had been a fool even to consider Pauline 
seriously. Imagine having. Pa Selby for a father- 
in-law! There were plenty of good little fish in 
the sea "goldfish" eager for the fly. It was 
lucky he d not gone on with her as he had with 
Lulie ! If he had, well he d have had to make 
good, of course. But he had not and the situation 
was all due to Pauline s own impetuous insistence 
on getting what she wanted when she wanted it. 
Apparently he was not to be consulted in the matter 
at all. Pauline had always bought what pleased 
her, and now she proposed to buy him; at least, 
that was the way it looked. No ! No ! It would 
take more millions than belonged to the Selbys to 
make him surrender youth, freedom, Lulie, and 
the possibility of a brilliant a " great" marriage. 
Some woman had used the term, and it had stuck 
in his mind. If he married at all that was what he 
would make a "great" marriage. But mean 
while Pauline was waiting for him to speak. 

Gently he moved slightly away from her. 

"What er what a lovely night!" he said awk 
wardly. 

Pauline did not reply. She had lowered her 
head so that her face was in shadow. He felt the 
imperceptible pressure of her body against his, and 



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that she was trembling. Poor Pauline ! After her 
calm assumption that she could do as she liked it 
was tough luck for her. He also experienced a 
certain contrition for having been the cause of 
what he knew would be a deep humiliation, but 
with due regard for his own safety it was obvious 
that he could do nothing to make the situation 
easier for her. In fact, he told himself the more 
of a brute he was the better, for no explanation 
that he could give in the nature of a confession or 
expression of regret could help him. Anything he 
might say would only hurt her pride the more. 
He must remain in her eyes what he knew himself 
to be or at least to have been in fact, a cad. In 
voluntarily he uttered a smothered expression of 
impatience at his predicament. She started and 
half turned to him. Swiftly disengaging his arm 
from hers, he said gruffly: 

"Pretty cold out here, don t you think? Per 
haps we d better go in." 

Then it was that the taut strings of Pauline s 
heart snapped. With a sort of sob she quickly 
turned and half ran toward the companionway. 
Tom started to follow her and then stopped. After 
all, it was better to have the whole thing end just 
that way to get it over once and for all ! He went 
back to where they had been standing and stood 
watching the moon for some time. Then he ut 
tered a mild oath, and walked back to where Par- 
radym was sitting. 



XXV 

THE philosopher s head was almost entirely con 
cealed in the collar of his ulster, but a projecting 
pipe indicated that somewhere behind the collar 
there must be a face. Tom sank down rather 
gloomily beside him, and presently from the depths 
of the ulster, like the voice of an oracle behind the 
altar, a muffled voice remarked: 

"Well, young un! Have you given hostages 
to fortune?" 

"No," replied Tom. "I am still white, twenty-one 
and free ! I had a close squeak, though. e Alone 
at last/ and all that sort of thing. Curse you ! I 
believe you re responsible for almost landing me in 
the net of matrimony." 

"And you re not landed or at least hooked?" 

"No!" 

Parradym arose abruptly and slapped Tom s knee. 

"You surprise me! Come down-stairs below 
I believe is the proper term, and have a nightcap. 
I want to talk to you. Congratulations, my son!" 

They made their way to the smoking-room, where 
Parradym ordered a hot toddy. 

"Cold up there!" he grumbled. "I supposed 
that after to-night you wouldn t need a chaperon." 

Tom shook his head. 

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"We all need em, I guess!" he remarked. In 
fact he had begun to realize how close to the edges 
of various precipices he had been disporting him 
self He also recognized the indubitable fact that 
Parry s advice given him at the outset of his New 
port career had been wise, even if he had not seen 
fit to follow it. 

"Don t wait up !" said Parradym to the steward. 
"I ll switch off the light." Then he turned to Tom, 
his reddish face illuminated by a kindly smile. 

"You haven t got tired of hothouse melons al 
ready, have you?" 

Tom laughed good-naturedly. 

"Not tired of them exactly. Used to them, per 
haps. They don t seem quite so much of a treat 
as they did at first. But they still taste good." 

"Any better than what you had in Cam 
bridge ?" 

Tom pondered this astonishing question. The 
food at Memorial had in fact been appalling tough, 
gristly steak, spotty potatoes, heavy bread, but 
he had devoured it with a relish which was now 
totally absent. 

"No!" answered Tom frankly. "Of course, 
they are better, only they don t taste so. You were 
right, and so was old Billy Shakespeare when he 
got off that bit about satiety dulling the edge of 
appetite, or whatever it was." 

"I didn t claim any originality," replied Parry. 
"I merely tried to impress upon you the truth of 
an ancient and quite familiar principle." 



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"But I didn t appreciate your good intentions. 
However, I do now. Marrying a couple of mil 
lion dollars doesn t seem half so exciting now as it 
did six weeks ago." 

"That s what I want to talk to you about." 

Parry pulled his chair nearer. 

"Of course, Shakespeare was right and was only 
repeating a truth as old as Adam, who no doubt 
ate more than one apple and got heartily sick of 
them before he was driven out by the angel with 
the flaming sword. You knew it yourself, only 
you were loath to apply a familiar doctrine to a 
new set of circumstances. I was just the same way 
at your age. I was all for the peaches, the plums, 
and the melons. I was satisfied that if I could get 
them without effort I should be perfectly happy. 
Well, I found it easy enough to get them, but I 
soon found I didn t want them. For twenty years 
I ve eaten nothing but the simplest kind of food. 
I m speaking both literally and allegorically. We 
don t enjoy anything we don t have to work for, 
Tommy. I have to work hard at golf to get up an 
appetite even for a boiled egg and a chop." 

"Horrible example!" exclaimed Tom, who was, 
nevertheless, keenly interested in Parradym s con 
fession. 

"Now what you say about marrying a couple 
of millions interests me a good deal," continued 
his friend. "I m almost afraid you have learned 
your lesson too well. I hope you refer only to 
marrying millions. 5 If so, I hope you ll stand by 



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your guns. Only don t make the mistake of not 
marrying at all if you honestly fall in love. Take 
warning from my sad case. When I found I could 
have my peaches and my melons for the asking, 
I began to wonder if there was any advantage in 
marrying anybody. I saw a lot of people who 
were wretchedly unhappy together, and even more 
wretched after they had dissolved their matri 
monial ties. I discovered that marriage usually 
meant children, anxiety, sickness, and death. I 
took counsel of my fears. Why fall in love and 
bring children into the world if by so doing I was 
going to expose myself to the arrows of outrageous 
fortune? My parents were both dead. Sorrow 
couldn t touch me. Why invite unhappiness? If 
I had no family I would have only myself to look 
out for, to worry about, and when I died nobody 
would suffer the agonies of bereavement on my 
account. So I shut myself up in my shell and 
built an iron wall around my affections to keep 
out sorrow." 

Parradym s face had grown very sad. 

"I was a fool, Tom ! What wouldn t I give now 
to have had sorrow ! Many s the time I ve envied 
my friend with a dead child. Pain and joy go hand 
in hand. Deaden your capacity for one and you 
lose the other. To-day I d rather have had a year 
or so with a woman I had loved, and have lost 
her, than to be what I am a lonely, wifeless, 
childless old man!" 

"But not friendless!" said Tom gently. 



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" Sometimes I think I am," returned Parradym. 
I know I am. You needn t protest. I impress 
most people just as I impressed you at our first 
meeting. Seriously, you can t imagine how lonely 
I am, or how the vacuousness of my life palls upon 
me. You see I ve dried up with the monotony of 
it. And then there s the other side of it. We old 
fellows without any responsibilities or emotions 
haven t had the experiences which seem to give 
other men the capacity for religious belief. Theo 
retically, intellectually, and logically, too, I sup 
pose I m just a selfish old materialist. I don t 
believe in either heaven or hell, or in rewards or 
punishments. There may be a God or there may 
not for all I know. I ve got no wish to live, and 
I ve got no will to die. One day is just like an 
other. Some fellow Stephen Phillips, I think 
has put it pretty well: 

" would there were a heaven to hear ! 
O would there were a hell to fear ! 
Ah, welcome fire, eternal fire, 
To burn forever and not tire ! 

Better Ixion s whirling wheel, 

And still at any cost to feel ! 

Dear Son of God, in mercy give 

My soul to flames, but let me live I " 

Tom could think of nothing adequate to say in 
response. For the first time he saw the real Par 
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speak, while the bachelor gazed in a sort of dream 
at the big swinging lamp in the middle of the smok 
ing-room ceiling. Unexpectedly he burst out laugh- 
ing- 

"Well, well!" he exclaimed jocularly, reaching 
for a match, "I really quite forgot where I was. 
It s not often I m taken that way. But don t give 
up the idea of getting married, old top, will you?" 

Parradym leaned forward and gazed deep into 
Tom s eyes. 

"If you ever meet a girl you love in the right 
way, I mean, go after her through fire and water, 
if need be, and don t let up until you get her or 
you re dead. Only that way will you find happi 
ness. Don t be scared off at the idea that mar 
riage and childbirth mean work and worry and 
pain and death. Thank God for the chance to work 
and worry and suffer, and perhaps when you die 
you ll feel that life was worth living. I m going to 
bed!" 

He got up and held out his hand to Tom who 
took it, embarrassed at the seriousness and in 
tensity of Parradym s outburst. He d never sus 
pected that Parry wasn t happy! He seemed so 
jovial and comfortable always having a good 
time at other people s expense ! 

Tom sat smoking for a long time after Parradym 
had gone to his stateroom. He wondered if what 
the old boy said was really true. Queer idea 
about having to suffer in order to enjoy. He didn t 
quite swallow that! He yawned. No, he hadn t 



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suffered at all and, by thunder, he d enjoyed a whole 
lot. His thoughts reverted to Lulie as he turned off 
the light, and sought the cabin upon which Pauline 
had expended so much thought and attention in 
preparation for him. 

The wind blew itself out during the night, and 
when Tom came on deck the yacht was running 
fast through a sunlit ocean off the Isles of Shoals. 
Pauline and her parents did not appear, and Tom 
breakfasted in company with Parradym, whose 
cheery, rubicund face gave no hint of its serious 
ness upon the preceding evening. They kept well 
out to sea, passed "The Rock" shortly after lunch, 
and at the same time made landfall of the hills of 
Mt. Desert, which, twenty miles away, slowly lifted 
their great backs above the waves like huge un 
dulating sea-monsters. To the eastward the irregu 
larly indented coast of Maine stretched away until 
it vanished into the autumn haze, to the west 
the horizon was spotted with purple islands, and 
before them, northward, ever loomed larger and 
larger the gray mountains that had guided the 
great Champlain, and the no less adventurous Du 
Guast to safe harbors among their fir-covered head 
lands. They were now directly in the lane of the 
coast trade between Halifax and New York, and 
passed many a lumber-laden schooner, her gun- 
whales almost awash, and occasionally a smart 
fisherman from Belfast or Camden. 

Pauline made her appearance just in time for 
afternoon tea, and took Parradym s chaffing with 



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supreme good nature. It was obvious that she 
did not intend to permit the incident of the night 
before to affect her enjoyment of the rest of the 
voyage, and there was something in her manner 
which said to Tom as plainly as if she had spoken 
the very words: "I acted like a little fool last night ! 
Let us be friends." 

Tom, who felt not altogether blameless in the 
matter, made himself as agreeable as he could, and 
all three were having a merry time of it by the time 
the Pauline had turned her nose into Frenchman s 
Bay. Tom, accustomed as he was to both moun 
tains and seashore, had never seen anything so 
beautiful as these precipitous hills mantled in their 
autumn coloring which seemed to rise directly from 
the shadowed waters of the bay to where, a thousand 
feet or more above, their barren summits broke the 
rays of the declining sun. The sea was a deep 
blue, striped here and there with opalescent shades 
deepening into purple. Green islands, almost yellow- 
green in the afternoon light, lay all about them, the 
channels between them picked out by the flashing 
sails of yachts. Deep fiords here and there divided 
the island, offering haven for fleets of war-ships. 
Small racing-boats manned by bronzed girls and boys 
raced across their bows. Swift launches darted 
about with all the arbitrariness of water insects; the 
air was at once fresh with the salt of the sea, and 
odoriferous with the pine-laden breath of the near-by 
forests. Ecstatically Pauline watched the white 
surf creaming over the red rocks along the shore 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 305 

of the " Ocean Drive" and against " Schooner 
Head" as the yacht glided swiftly by, and when 
they entered the deep shadow cast by Newport 
Mountain, and could see high above them the 
sunlight blazing through the pines upon its ridge, 
and beyond the shadow the gleaming waters of 
the inner bay studded with small green islands, she 
demanded why she had never been informed that 
such a heavenly place existed upon earth, and de 
clared that she would never live anywhere else. 

Presently the yacht emerged from the shadow 
of the mountain into the sunlight, and rounding 
one of the "Porcupines" dropped anchor in the 
harbor. The stimulating air, his long sleep of 
the night before, and the restful day spent upon the 
deck of the Pauline gave Tom a sense of health 
and moral cleanliness such as he had not experi 
enced for weeks. Moreover, he was keenly sensi 
tive to the exquisite beauty of their surroundings, 
which, together with Pauline s friendliness, made 
him almost happy. Mr. and Mrs. Selby joined 
them soon after the yacht had gained the shelter 
of the breakwater. Tom would have been glad 
to go on shore at once to stretch his legs but Pauline 
insisted that it was much too late, and made it 
very clear that she wished him to remain with her. 

Accordingly they strolled up and down the deck 
watching the rapidly lengthening shadows of the 
hills and the bald summits turning from bronze 
to purple and then to gray, as the sun sank over 
the westward ridges. The breeze freshened. Slowly 



306 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

the stars pierced the twilight, and presently, even 
while the horizon was still flooded with red and 
orange streamers, the yellow moon slowly forced 
its way up above the pines of the eastern shore 
of the bay, until the channel between the islands 
was turned to undulating gold. 

Tom was up betimes the next morning in a sin 
gularly care-free frame of mind. The advice of his 
erstwhile hostess, as well as Parradym s discourse 
upon matrimony, had faded from his recollection. 
In place of the sharp east wind of the previous 
afternoon there was now a languorous southwest 
breeze which enveloped the island in a golden haze. 
The sun beat warm upon the deck. Clad in the 
immaculate white flannels in which he had graced 
the Casino at Newport, Tom, leaning idly against 
the rail, smoked one of Pa Selby s after-breakfast 
cigars, convinced that it was very good to be alive, 
especially on board such a magnificent steam- 
yacht as the Pauline. He experienced a recru 
descence of those original feelings on his first morn 
ing at "Beausejour" when he realized that he was 
enjoying for nothing that which others had, at some 
distant period perhaps, toiled to procure. After 
all, he thought, perhaps he had been too hasty in 
making up his mind to let Pauline go so easily. 
Fascinating as Lulie was, a matrimonial adventure 
with her might well prove unsatisfactory in the 
long run. There was, he decided, a good deal to 
be said in favor of playing the game of love along 
the lines of respectability. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 307 

If, as Parradym had urged -nay, had even 
implored him to believe, marriage was a sine qua 
non of happiness, could he do better, after all, than 
to take Pauline ? He tried to think of her detached 
from her millions, and succeeded in convincing him 
self, at least temporarily, that there were few more 
charming girls to be found anywhere. Was she not 
beautiful, or at least exceedingly pretty? Was she 
not cheerful, bright, and well educated ? Indeed, was 
she not far and away the most attractive young 
woman that he had met that summer ? Could he, in 
fact, do half as well ? Wasn t it rather hard on a girl 
to throw her over simply because she was burdened 
with a bank-account which was no fault of her 
own? The millions would not do any harm. On 
reconsidering the matter, it even seemed to Tom 
that they might be of some slight advantage. With 
out them, certainly, it was quite unlikely that he 
could indulge in the pastime of yachting which he 
now found so agreeable. 

He made up his mind that Parradym had really 
been rather disappointed at discovering that he had 
not proposed to Pauline. Obviously it was Lulie 
whom Parry was worrying about, and even if Pa 
and Ma Selby were not to the manner born, were 
occasionally guilty of slight solecisms, and sometimes 
even of vulgarities, they were far and away prefer 
able to many parents-in-law that he had seen even 
at Newport. He admitted that, in his first excite 
ment, he might have indulged in rather extravagant 
dreams as to what he would do with Pauline, her 



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money, and her yacht, after he had annexed them. 
The idea of rushing off to the Ionian Isles, and that 
sort of thing was obviously ridiculous. 

As he gazed through the smoke of his cigar at 
some of the palatial summer residences on the not 
far distant shore, he concluded that the thing for 
him to do after marrying Pauline was to buy a few 
acres on the water-front and build a modest resi 
dence with a private landing, where he could keep 
a launch or two and a knock-about. He was too 
active to go floating around the world without 
any exercise, drinking champagne and playing 
bridge. That could come later. For the present 
they could spend their winters in a comfortable 
apartment in New York, and their summers at Bar 
Harbor, where he could take up golf, become the 
champion tennis-player of Mt. Desert, and inciden 
tally give Pauline all the opportunity she wished 
for society. 

He was in the midst of these reflections when he 
heard his name called in a boyish voice from be 
low. 

"Oh, you Kelly!" it cried. 

A canoe containing a tow-headed youth had 
stolen up past the Pauline s stern, and its occupant 
was now gently holding its nose to the wind while 
making vigorous contortions of joy in the direc 
tion of Tom, who had difficulty in recognizing this 
friendly stranger since his face and bare arms were 
burned so brown as to be almost black. 

"It s me, you lobster! Crowninshield!" 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 309 

"Hello, Dick!" shouted back Tom. "Thought 
you were a nigger. Had breakfast yet?" 

"Four hours ago," answered Crowninshield, who 
had now brought the canoe to a point directly be 
neath Tom. "What do you think I am, a gilded 
loafer? What are you doing up there anyway?" 

"Yachting," retorted Tom loftily, annoyed that 
Dick should not have heard of his distinguished 
career at Newport. 

"Ain t you the swell though?" continued Crown 
inshield. "You look as if you had just stepped 
out of a department store. Put on a sweater and 
come for a paddle with me." 

"I m sorry," replied Tom, "but I have an en 
gagement at the Casino." 

" i Swimming-pool/ I suppose you mean," sniffed 
Dick. "We don t have Casinos down here in Maine. 
We leave em for the Newport chappies. How long 
you going to stay?" 

"I really don t know," answered Tom from above. 
"I believe Mr. and Mrs. Selby expect to stay about 
a week." 

At that moment he felt a curious superiority to 
his former friend and clubmate. Ever since he had 
entered college, particularly during his Woolsack 
period and up to his experience at Newport, Tom 
had always regarded Dick as a tremendous swell, 
his family one of those whom Tom had been 
brought up to regard with an almost religious awe. 
His two months at Newport, however, had changed 
his point of view completely. To the now elegant 



310 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

and cosmopolitan Kelly his provincial Bostonian 
friend seemed a person of very little consequence, 
virtuous perhaps, but not at all interesting. And 
yet it was not this attitude which caused him to 
hesitate, as he was hesitating, to invite Dick on 
board the yacht. It was rather the subcutaneous 
suspicion that while he, Tom, was quite satisfied 
with the change in himself which the two months 
had wrought, his friend might have a more critical 
attitude. He was not obtuse to the contrast between 
the brown muscularity of the lad in the canoe and 
his own sleek puffiness due to high living. It was 
different at Newport. Everybody was the same 
down there. But his old chum looked as if he kept 
in training all the year round. Somehow Tom did 
not fancy the idea of Dick looking him over, and 
perhaps saying in his rough, blunt way: "Getting 
fat, aren t you, old top?" 

The fact could not be dodged that "old top" had 
been getting fat. If he had, however, it was none 
of Dick s business. 

"Saw in the paper that Calkins wiped up the 
ground with you in the fourth round of the In 
ternational Tournament," continued his clubmate 
somewhat severely. "I lost ten dollars on you, 
curse you ! We were all betting here that you 
would be f runner-up J at least. What was the 
matter with you?" 

"The better man won," said Tom, with an echo 
of the grandiloquence with which he had offered 
his hand to Calkins at the Casino after his defeat. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 311 

"Too much lush, / guess !" growled the boy in 
the canoe. "I was afraid of it in Cambridge. You 
were crooking your elbow an awful lot, long before 
Class Day." 

Tom made no reply to this insult. In fact there 
was none to be made. It was "lush" that had done 
it, and he knew it. He also knew that "lush" was 
still doing it, but in spite of his intolerant and rather 
insolent attitude, there was a friendliness about 
Crowninshield that kept Tom from taking offense. 
He began to reconsider his decision not to invite 
Dick to come aboard. Still uncertain as to his 
course in the matter, he temporized by demanding 
sharply : 

"What are you doing around here yourself?" 

"Oh, tutoring," answered the crewman. "Got 
two sub-freshman brats over at Seal Harbor. Mother 
pays me twenty-five a week to act as dry nurse. 
They re not bad kids, though. One of them can 
pitch an incurve that would puzzle old Slide Kelly 
your namesake. It isn t bad fun, if you like boys. 
Besides I m boning up for the law school. Going 
to try to do three years work in two, so I can get 
married a year sooner. Knew I was engaged, didn t 
you? No? Well, I am. To Becky Chase. You 
met her on Class Day." 

Tom had met her, a red-cheeked, rather robust, 
and very Bostonese young lady, whose father was 
the clergyman of a small church in Milton. He 
was about to formulate some congratulatory re 
mark of a properly elegant character when he heard 



312 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

the swish of a skirt, and Pauline joined him at the 
rail. 

"Miss Selby, allow me to present my friend, Mr. 
Richard Crowninshield," said Tom in a dignified 
manner. 

The tow-headed crewman grinned at Pauline and 
waved his hand. 

"How d y do!" he called up. "Saw your yacht 
come in yesterday afternoon, and so I paddled over 
from Seal Harbor this morning to look her over. 
Didn t expect to find Tom here." 

He gazed at Pauline admiringly. 

"She s a beauty!" he remarked with some am 
biguity, looking at Tom. 

"Won t you come on board, Mr. Crowninshield?" 
asked Pauline. "We should be delighted to see 
any of Mr. Kelly s friends." 

"I don t mind," answered Crowninshield. 

Paddling toward the companionway, which was 
situated some fifty feet farther forward, he tied 
the canoe to one of the brass stanchions and sprang 
lightly up the steps, with an elasticity and verve 
that filled Tom with envy. 

He was rather shocked at his friend s clothing, 
which consisted apparently of a sleeveless jersey, 
white duck trousers fastened with a narrow leather 
belt, and a pair of white sneakers into which his 
feet were thrust through heavy gray knitted 
woollen socks. Tom suspected that he had nothing 
else on at all. Crowninshield looked in fact more 
like one of the crew of the Pauline in a moment of 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 313 

relaxation than a collegian, although in face and 
figure he resembled a young Viking. 

Pauline was obviously much struck with their 
visitor and insisted, to Tom s annoyance, on taking 
him over the boat. The two were gone some time, 
during which Tom ruminated on the fickleness of 
womankind. 



XXVI 

"WHAT a nice boy !" exclaimed Pauline, as Dick, 
with a final wave of his paddle, drove the canoe 
bounding toward the breakwater. "So intelligent 
and good-looking !" 

"Yes bully fellow!" responded Tom, without 
enthusiasm. Somehow Crowninshield s unexpected 
arrival had put his nose out of joint. He hadn t 
at all liked the way Pauline had started right into 
run after the fellow. But Dick had been just as 
bad. It was quite evident that he had been smitten. 
Well, anyhow, he was safely tied up engaged to 
that yellow-haired doll in Milton, compared with 
whom Pauline was a goddess yes, a goddess ! 
Of course, she d make a hit at Bar Harbor, and 
there d be a dozen fellows after her. If he was 
going to do anything it was high time before her 
attention became distracted. She would be a won 
derful girl even if she didn t have a cent. Indeed, 
she would ! And she had the money besides. 
Wouldn t he be a fool to throw her away? He 
turned and gave her a naval salute. 

"Well, commander!" he said, "Shall I order the 
launch to take us ashore?" 

Tom had been under no misapprehension about 
Pauline s making a hit at Bar Harbor. Indeed, 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 315 

she was surrounded by a horde of very young men 
from the moment she placed her foot upon the 
Dirigo Landing stage, and Tom and Parradym 
found themselves shoved entirely into the back 
ground by an eager band of young suitors, who 
swarmed over the yacht at all hours and rushed 
Pauline by carriage across the island to distant in 
accessible spots for afternoon walks and moonlight 
picnics. Tom, in fact, began for the first time to 
feel a slight tinge of jealousy at Pauline s ready 
neglect. Moreover, he was forced more than was 
agreeable to content himself with the society of 
Pa and Ma Selby, whose banal conversation soon 
drove him to seek refuge in solitary walks upon the 
shore. He decided that he was being placed in a 
rather ridiculous position and after twelve days 
of semiboredom proposed to Pauline that they 
should climb a mountain together. 

It was a cloudless autumn morning, and in the 
translucent atmosphere the distant mountain-tops 
seemed close at hand, and following a well-marked 
path over a pine-covered spur, they soon climbed 
to where the town and harbor seemed to be lying at 
their very feet. There, too, at her mooring lay the 
Pauline. The air was full of the soft, fragrant smell 
of pine-needles and sunburnt moss. Above them 
an eagle hung, a dark speck against the deep blue 
of the sky s arc. Pauline sat down to rest for a 
moment upon a ledge of rock, stained with lichen, 
from whose moss-grown crevices peeped tiny flowers. 
Eastward the Atlantic rose against the white hori- 



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zon, here patched with windless spots, there flur 
ried with catspaws. It was a soundless, motionless 
world, save for the flicker of a few small birds among 
the yellow birches and scarlet sumacs. Nature 
was resting. In the lazy morning sunlight she was 
luxuriating after her summer, and drowsily lying 
without even drawing breath. The air had that 
warmth and yet that freshness that at once sends 
a glow to the heart and thrills the senses. The 
leaves had not yet fallen. On the near-by moun 
tainsides the background of the evergreens was 
mottled with irregular patches of brown, of purplish 
red, of rose picked out here and there with one 
golden gleam of a single tree or one drop of scarlet 
blood. 

Presently Pauline silently arose and began fol 
lowing the path again. Soon they reached the 
crest of the nearest ridge, and they could see be 
hind them all the blue waters of Frenchman s Bay, 
dotted with spruce-covered islands. The hills lay 
all around them, their tumbled outlines fixed in 
a wrinkled smile. To the west lay sixty miles of 
coast, island outlying island, with dim, distant 
shapes of islands still beyond, bounded by the 
misty ghosts of vague hills to the northward and 
the still, even line of the horizon to the south. Along 
this moved almost imperceptible little dots the 
markers of ocean traffic along the great highway 
from Cape Sable to Pollock Rip. 

As Tom gazed about him he could not but marvel 
at the glory of nature. It was, as Parradym had 



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said that very first evening at Newport, immortal. 
There was no note of death in this radiance of the 
visible world; it was the blush of health, not the 
iridescence of decay the leap of sap at the first 
touch of frost. 

A kind of exaltation stole over Tom, and his 
dormant spirit, submerged in materialism, raised 
itself in response to the beauty about him. Here 
on this mountain-top the world lay at his feet 
a radiant world. As he inhaled deep breaths of 
the keen autumn air, his heart thumped against 
his ribs with the unaccustomed exertion of climb 
ing, and the blood tingled in his fingers and toes. 
He felt gloriously alive for the first time in months; 
strong with the resilient virility of youth; and for 
an instant saw the vision that youth only glimpses 
followed the glean until it vanished over "the 
uttermost purple rim." What a world! What 
ecstasy to be young young as in truth he was, 
like Crowninshield ! He wanted to shout across 
the valleys to the neighboring ridges, to hurl in 
anities against some echoing cliff, to stretch up his 
arms and clutch that hovering eagle from the 
clouds, to push some huge boulder from its pre 
historic bed, and roll it down the mountainside. 
He did, in fact, attempt to throw a dozen or so of 
small rocks into the ravine beneath them and was 
rather disappointed to find how far short they fell 
of their goal. Having worked off his superfluous 
energy, he sat down again to a calmer appreciation 
of the scene around him. Pauline was resting upon 



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a neighboring ledge, her full young bosom rising and 
falling rapidly. Seen sharply in profile against the 
sky-line, her neck and chin bore a grotesque resem 
blance to her mother s. The discovery distressed 
Tom, coming as it did just as his soul was quiver 
ing with romance. 

While his spirit eye flashed across the smoulder 
ing ocean to the opalescent cloud-banks on the 
eastern horizon, his material eye fixed itself rather 
critically upon the proposed object of his affections. 
Yes, she certainly did look like her mother the 
line from the point of her chin to the little curl be 
tween the cords on the back of her neck was too 
long, much too long. But that wasn t her mother s; 
the neck was Pa Selby s ! Not that it mattered 
particularly whether a girl looked like her mother 
or her father, only Tom had always recognized the 
fact that Pa Selby had a rather undesirable neck. 
In its mature and completely developed state it 
was equipped with two small rolls of fatty tissue 
on the back. Of course Pauline wouldn t ever 
be like that, but the realization that she had any 
thing at all of her father about her was like having 
a skeleton at his feast. 

She looked around at Tom just at that moment, 
conscious that he was gazing at her, and smiled 
frankly at him. She was a nice girl, even if she did 
look like her father and mother. But the altera 
tion of her position produced another unfortunate 
result, disclosing as it did a row of tiny beads of 
perspiration upon her upper lip and forehead. At 



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any other time or on any other girl the natural 
result of physical exercise would not have affected 
Tom unpleasantly, but coming upon the heels of 
his appreciation of her resemblance to her paternal 
parent, it discomfited him. He would, under the 
circumstances, have hesitated to kiss her. 

But Pauline saw only adoration in Tom s glance, 
and she blushed quite prettily and cast down her 
eyes. It is doubtless too much to assert that of 
themselves these trivial physical facts would have 
altered the course of Tom s entire future life. Hav 
ing made up his mind to marry into the Selby fam 
ily, he would probably have carried out his pur 
pose even with the additional discovery, inevitably 
apparent under the noonday glare, that Pauline s 
upper lip was covered with a slight down. Tom 
had never kissed Pauline. He had never really 
wished to kiss her. And now, although he knew 
perfectly well that she was ready to fall into his 
arms, he was forced to admit that the idea of kissing 
her was distasteful would require an effort. As 
she sat there "hunched up" on the rock, she gave 
an impression of being rather pudgy. After all, 
Parry had probably been right that time when he 
had declared the whole sex business was over 
played. There they were alone in a beautiful place 
surrounded by the mountains, the sea, and the 
sky. He might as well get it over with. He felt 
quite clear that he wanted to put the business 
through, no matter what ! Pauline might not be 
a pocket Venus, but she was an almighty pretty 



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girl, and Lulie was out of the question for several 
conclusive reasons. His heart began to thump 
violently, and the blood surged up into his ears 
and eyes, not from emotion, but from excitement. 
He dimly heard himself clear his throat and say: 

"Pauline I I want to say something to you!" 

He saw her turn a darker red. He had difficulty 
in forcing himself to go on, for he felt like a house 
breaker. She was such an easy mark. But two 
millions ! She was looking away from him with 
a studied air of unconsciousness. 

"You know," he continued, "I " 

He stopped abruptly. From above came the 
sound of voices and the rattle of displaced stones. 
Two strangers were approaching along the path. 
Pauline raised her head impatiently. The climbers 
were now in plain view, striding swiftly toward 
them. Obviously, it was no time for him to clasp 
Pauline s well-developed figure in his arms and 
press her downy cheek to his. There would of 
necessity have to be a short intermission in the 
programme. Then the interrupted act could go 
on. He experienced an extraordinary sense of re 
lief. He wondered if people who were going to be 
hanged felt like that when they were reprieved. 

"Somebody s coming!" he remarked, throwing 
into his voice a note of disgust which he by no 
means felt. 

"Yes," replied Pauline wearily. 

The climbers were now almost upon them. Tom 
arose and lit a cigarette with a degage air, then 



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struck a picturesque pose as a girl came bounding 
up the path. 

" Why, Tom!" 

He turned quickly to find himself confronted 
by Evelyn, her hand outstretched, a smile upon her 
face. She was clad in dark-brown khaki, and wore 
walking-breeches covered by a short skirt, beneath 
which Tom could see a pair of slender, brown- 
stockinged calves terminating in two small moc 
casins. Around her neck was a bright-red, loosely 
knotted, flowing tie that appeared to reflect the color 
in her dark-olive cheeks. To Tom she seemed like 
a lithesome youth, a beautiful boy some cupbearer 
of the gods. His heart gave a single great leap. 

"Tom! Whoever expected to meet you here! 
Dad! It s Tom Kelly!" 

She made no attempt to conceal her pleasure. 
As for poor, jaded Tom it was like suddenly stum 
bling upon an ice-cold, limpid spring in the midst 
of an arid plain. 

"Evelyn!" he cried, eagerly wringing her hand. 

"Pew tooth!" 

"Pew tooth yourself!" 

They carolled joyously at this mystic counter 
sign, and Pauline looked around at them almost 
as if annoyed. 

"Oh, Pauline!" There was an unaccustomed 
freshness in Tom s voice a new note. "Miss 
Selby, I want to present Miss Russell." 

Evelyn crossed to where Pauline was sitting and 
offered her hand. 



322 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"How do you do?" she said cordially. 

Pauline took the hand without arising from her 
rock. There was something about this young 
Hebe that she instinctively did not like. 

"How do you do?" she remarked stiffly. "Ex 
cuse my not getting up 1" 

At that moment Professor Russell joined them 
and, after greeting Tom, was likewise presented 
to Miss Selby, who made it quite apparent that 
she was rather bored by the whole incident. Evelyn 
and her father, however, were clearly delighted at 
meeting Tom, and charmed at being introduced 
to Miss Selby. Tom somehow vaguely resented 
the fact that Evelyn accepted his being alone upon 
a mountain-top with a young lady quite as a matter 
of course. He would have preferred to have her 
take it more as Pauline had done. It appeared 
that the Russells were staying at Seal Harbor, and 
were enjoying their annual week s tramp over the 
hills of Mt. Desert before the opening of the uni 
versity. They had started before sunrise, had 
climbed Sargeant, crossed "The Bubbles" to Eagle 
Lake and Green Mountain, and were now about to 
descend its southern ridge, returning home by way 
of Jordan s Pond a ten-hour trip. The mere re 
cital of the undertaking filled Tom with astonish 
ment and Pauline with fatigue. The Russells had 
followed Tom s career in the National Tournament 
with interest, and had been greatly disappointed at 
its early blight. 

He watched them disappear up the mountainside 



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with regret. He would have liked to go along with 
them get hold of the professor for a good long 
talk, and chuck Pauline entirely. It seemed ages 
since that evening at the little house on Appian 
Way. He wondered what had become of Frank 
True, and felt a stab at his heart as he recalled 
the humiliating experiences of Class Day. Well, 
plainly Evelyn bore him no resentment. Instinc 
tively he contrasted her trim figure and agile men 
tality with the ample proportions and slower 
intellectual processes of his companion. What a 
corking girl she was ! All the virtues of Pauline 
combined with the fire and cleverness of Lulie. 
Well, he d lost his chance, such as it was. Par- 
radym s words, the first night out, came back to 
his mind: "If you ever meet a girl you love in 
the right way go after her through fire and 
water, if need be, and don t let up until you get 
her, or you re dead." He sighed. If he d only 
known as much about woman then as he did now ! 
It was too late. But that was the kind of girl one 
could love in the right way ! He turned to dis 
cover Pauline gazing at him suspiciously. 

"Who was your young friend?" she inquired. 

"Oh, a girl I used to know in Cambridge," he 
answered carelessly. 

They sat in silence for several minutes. The 
unexpected appearance of the Russells had pro 
duced a sudden change in the atmosphere. The 
temperature had distinctly lowered. The words 
Tom had uttered seemed to have been still-born. 



324 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Yet the girl lingered, evidently still hoping that 
he might speak. 

"Well," he remarked when the silence had at 
length become embarrassing, "what do you think, 
shall we go on down again?" 

Pauline made one last effort. 

"You were just going to say something when 
your friends came along," she reminded him. 
"What was it?" 

It was a blatant challenge, unmaidenly per 
haps, but, let us hope, excusable. 

Tom looked at her blankly. Then he took out 
his gold case, offered it to her, and lit a cigarette 
as if trying hard to remember something. 

"Was I?" he asked in a puzzled fashion. "I 
haven t the remotest idea what I was going to 
say." 

The return trip of the yacht was accomplished 
without incident, and she dropped her anchor in 
the East River with the relations of Pauline and 
Tom still, so far at least as the girl was concerned, 
in statu quo. Whatever it was that had choked 
off Tom s proposal upon the mountain still operated 
effectually to gag him. Pauline herself had not 
offered him any further opportunity. She had 
assumed an air of indifference. She was in fact 
listless and miserable. 

"Didn t he speak to you?" had demanded her 
mother, on their return to the yacht. 

Pauline shook her head. 



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"He didn t and he won t!" she answered dis 
consolately. "Something s come over him." 

"I never heard of such a thing!" retorted Ma 
Selby with a maternal resentment. "I should have 
thought he would have just jumped at such a chance. 
Of course, he will soon. All he needs is a little 
help. Young men never know just how to go about 
a thing like that. Why I had to ask your pa, my 
self!" 

Mr. Selby was even more outspoken. The young 
jackanapes! Had he popped yet? What did he 
think they d asked him off on the yacht for, any 
how? He d stir him up, he would. Of course, it 
was just laziness. At this Pauline, however, pro 
tested vigorously. There was no use trying to force 
people, and, after all, she had only known Tom two 
months. He was a dear boy, but she could get 
on without him if need be. They must promise 
to leave the whole thing to her. And this they 
somewhat reluctantly did. 

Tom had written to his mother from Bar Harbor 
that he expected to look for a position in New York, 
and that as soon as he should be successful he would 
run on to Boston to see her. Meantime, he said, 
his address would be "The Waldorf" where the 
Selbys had an apartment, and where they had asked 
him to come to them for a few days at the end of 
the cruise. As nothing had occurred which would 
justify the withdrawal of this invitation, and as 
both Pauline s parents, whatever may have been 
that young lady s private opinion, confidently ex- 



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pected Tom to make good at an early date, no 
reason existed for any change of plan. This was 
indeed a fortunate solution of Tom s difficulties, 
since he was entirely devoid of funds, and would 
otherwise have been obliged to seek shelter with 
Mrs. Jones at Roslyn. 

Tom accordingly arrived at the Waldorf under 
circumstances which might well have induced the 
belief that he was, or at least was about to become, 
a permanent adjunct of the Selby menage, a con 
summation which in the eyes of the clerks, head- 
waiters, hall-boys, bartenders, porters, and other 
attendants was devoutly to be wished and which 
rendered him an object of their tenderest regard. 
For Pa Selby was well-known at the hostelry, not 
only as a distributor of fabulous largess, but as 
a giver of tips upon the market which had enabled 
more than one employee to retire upon a fixed in 
come. 

A smiling valet welcomed Tom to a suite di 
rectly across the hall from the apartment occupied 
by the Selbys. His evening clothes were already 
laid out in faultless order upon the bed, and a bath 
was ready for him in the adjacent white-tiled bath 
room. There was even a tiny sitting-room with 
upholstered chairs and a mahogany table, upon 
which under a Tiffany glass lamp had been placed 
the evening papers. It was, he thought, almost 
as "swell" as "Beausejour." He bathed, dressed 
with luxurious deliberation, and, having a few 
minutes to spare before the dinner hour, bethought 



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him of calling up Lulie s apartment, of which she 
had given him the number, on the chance of finding 
her in New York. Rather to his surprise she an 
swered the telephone herself and, to his relief, he 
discerned nothing in her tone to indicate that she 
resented his having abandoned her to go yachting 
with his present host. The sound of her low voice 
over the wire thrilled him as it had done the first 
evening that he had met her at the Scotts . She 
had found herself lonely at Newport, she told him, 
and returned to the city for the autumn. Lonely 
for whom? Perhaps he could guess. Anyhow, 
telephones were such horrid, public things! 
Wouldn t he come up to see her at her apartment 
that evening? She was tired and wasn t going out. 
Tom, who had business to talk over with Mr. Selby, 
for once permitted discretion to prevail over in 
clination, and invited her to dine and go to the 
play with him the following evening instead. Then 
with a few whispered partings so low that even 
an experienced telephone-girl would have had dif 
ficulty in interpreting them he hung up the re 
ceiver, his veins throbbing riotously. 

The Selbys were on the point of going down to 
dinner when he joined them in their elaborate draw 
ing-room. Tom, who had never been in a big New 
York hotel before, was amazed and even rather 
dazzled at the crowds of people, the lights and the 
noise, and it is probable that he might have felt 
somewhat ill at ease had he not been personally 
conducted by Mr. Selby, who was received by the 



328 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

head waiter with magnificent, and at the same time 
with affectionate, distinction. With an all-embrac 
ing wave of his hand, intended to indicate that 
whatever they saw was theirs, he led the way to 
an orchid-decked table in the centre of the room, 
simultaneously inquiring with solicitude after the 
health of Monsieur, Madame and Mademoiselle 
Selbee. Pauline s drooping spirits seemed to re 
vive in this friendly atmosphere like withering 
flowers under a warm rain. Evidently she was 
quite at home in hotels, and a general favorite in 
this one. She chatted familiarly with the " Cap 
tain," who took their order, about various Al- 
phonses, Pierres, and Victors, and ordered special 
dishes, her penchant for which was obviously well- 
known to him. Before long she had engaged the 
almost undivided attention of five waiters, had or 
dered a window opened and the door closed. But 
the readiness with which all her demands were ac 
ceded to was fully explained by the size of the bill 
which Mr. Selby left beside his finger-bowl at the 
conclusion of the meal. Once more Tom congratu 
lated himself that he was getting a free ride. He 
wondered what the cost of a dinner could be when 
you gave the waiter five dollars at the end of it. 
Glancing stealthily at the menu under the guise of 
selecting a dessert, he rapidly calculated that they 
had certainly eaten at least thirty dollars worth. 
If he was going to keep up his end with Lulie he 
would have to begin to get busy ! 

They left the table, the ladies carrying with them 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 329 

most of the decorations which had been pressed 
upon them by the attendants, and Mr. Selby sug 
gested that Tom and he should have their coffee 
in the foyer, where they could see "all the folks." 
Accordingly they strolled through "Peacock Alley," 
where Tom secured his first glimpse of that be 
wildering concatenation of humanity which makes 
a New York hotel one of the most interesting places 
upon the globe, and finally came to anchor in the 
cafe, where the waiter brought Mr. Selby his own 
special box of cigars from the "humidor." 

Mr. Selby had been carefully considering the 
problem of Tom s relations to Pauline ever since 
the yacht had left from Bar Harbor, and had con 
cluded that the secret of Tom s hesitancy lay in 
the fact that as yet he, as prospective father-in- 
law, had said nothing definite regarding the ma 
terial future. He remembered perfectly what he 
had told Tom about the brokerage business, and 
attributed his tardiness in declaring his intentions 
to a natural desire to be at least apparently self- 
supporting. Therefore, after he had finished his 
cognac, he approached the subject with character 
istic subtlety by remarking: 

"Well, I suppose you want me to make good 
on what I said about giving you my business." 

To the credit of our hero it must be here as 
serted that Tom had never consciously associated 
Mr. Selby s offer of financial assistance with his 
daughter s future matrimonial arrangements. He 
did not do so now. On the contrary, he merely at- 



330 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

tributed to Mr. Selby a generous friendliness toward 
himself entirely divorced from any interest that 
he might be supposed to have in Pauline. 

"I ll be mighty grateful/ he answered readily 
enough, "if you give me any of your business. It 
would be pretty tough starting out here in New 
York without any backing." 

"Bet your life!" agreed Pa Selby succinctly. 
"A hard crowd to break into, believe me. But I 
can fix you up. There ain t many brokerage firms 
that would turn down my business. I ll give you 
a letter right now to Westbury & Wheatland, my 
brokers, and tell em to make you a special 
partner." 

"Oh, do you think they d do that?" asked Tom, 
aghast. 

"We ll see whether they will or not!" declared 
Mr. Selby. "Maybe you don t appreciate what 
a pull I ve got down-town. And my pull is yours. 
See? That is if we pull together," he added sig 
nificantly. 

Tom, however, did not grasp the connotation. 

"I guess there won t be any difficulty about 
that!" he assured his host with enthusiasm. 

Mr. Selby s expression relaxed and his face 
beamed. 

"I m glad to hear you say that, son!" he ex 
claimed. "Put it there/" 

And he held out his hand. 

On Wall Street Tom experienced some difficulty 
in finding the brokerage office of Westbury & Wheat- 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 331 

land to whom Mr. Selby had given him his letter 
of introduction. In spite of the self-confidence 
engendered by his successful social career at New 
port, he could not help feeling somewhat insignif 
icant amid the throng upon the sidewalks. But 
at any rate his frame of mind was entirely differ 
ent from that of the famous Dick Whittington on 
his arrival in London with his mouse-trap in his 
pocket. Whittington had intended to be lord mayor 
of London, but to be mayor of New York would not 
have satisfied Tom. His vision resembled rather 
that of Lord Rosebery, with the slight difference, 
however, that Mr. Tom purposed to marry not 
only one of the richest, but also one of the most 
beautiful women in the country. Nevertheless, with 
all his self-assurance, he did not create any notice 
able stir upon Broadway, and could hardly be said 
to have attracted any attention at all except from 
two yellow-haired young ladies who were drinking 
soda-water at the fountain of Mr. Blake s corner 
drug-store, and for whose approving regard our 
hero felt duly grateful. 

He had rather anticipated that the abode of 
Westbury & Wheatland would turn out to be a 
stately building of Carrara marble with plate-glass 
windows through which the passers-by could discern 
at a respectful distance the partners themselves, 
moving among their customers arrayed in frock 
coats and tall silk hats. That at least had been 
the impression conveyed to him by Mr. Selby; 
but the number of Wall Street which corresponded 



332 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

with the one upon the envelope in his hand proved 
to belong to a dingy, brown-stone structure whose 
narrow hallway was paved with dirty marble, and 
whose stairs were cramped and winding. West- 
bury & Wheatland were not even upon the ground 
floor. They were only up one flight, however, and 
Tom, having climbed the necessary distance, found 
himself in a sunny suite of old-fashioned green- 
carpeted offices, full of deep-seated leather chairs 
and sofas, and hung with railroad maps. A group 
of men were standing around the ticker by the 
window, and at one end of the room a clerk in an 
alpaca jacket was busily hanging up little square 
figures to indicate the prices at which the various 
stocks were selling across the way in the big ex 
change. There were perhaps ten persons in the 
entire place, and Tom looked vainly for some em 
ployee to whom he could state his business. No 
body appeared to wait on him, however, and as the 
youth hanging up the numbers hardly seemed free 
to run errands, Tom had no choice but to grapple 
with the situation himself. Accordingly, still wear 
ing his hat, since he noticed that most of the other 
persons in the office were wearing theirs, he ap 
proached the ticker, and accosted the first back he 
saw there. 

"Beg pardon, could you tell me where to find 
Mr. Westbury?" he ventured. 

The particular back toward which he had di 
rected the inquiry remained seemingly oblivious 
of his existence. It was a well-shaped back with 



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broad shoulders, and covered with what the Cam 
bridge tailors had been accustomed to describe 
as a "nobby" suit of black-and-white check. The 
back proving unresponsive to merely verbal ap 
proach, Tom unhesitatingly tapped its owner on 
the shoulder. 

"Can you tell me" he repeated; but the com 
pletion of the sentence was interrupted by the 
sudden turning around of the man to whom the 
back belonged. 

"Eh?" he began. He gazed quizzically at Tom 
out of not altogether friendly gray eyes. "Well, 
I ll be damned!" he concluded. 

Tom recoiled abruptly. He had not expected 
thus to encounter Lulie s husband at the thresh 
old of his budding financial career. He found him 
self growing uncomfortably warm, and with his 
heart pounding violently. He was in fact quite 
unable to speak. 

Mr. Wingate seemed fully appreciative of the 
humor of the situation. 

"Not looking for me, are you?" he asked, smiling. 

Tom swallowed and shook his head. He was 
looking for one of the firm, he said. He had a letter 
of introduction which he wished to present in person. 

"That s all right," responded Wingate, "I m 
a member of the firm myself. You want to talk 
to Westbury, I presume. Give me your letter and 
I ll take it in to him. Don t mind waiting a few 
minutes, do you?" 

Tom would have surrendered the contents of 



334 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

the Congressional Library had he been possessed 
of it in order to get rid of Wingate at that moment, 
and he unhesitatingly handed over the letter which 
Mr. Selby had given him. It was rather a staggerer 
to find that Wingate was a member of Westbury 
& Wheatland. He wondered, as he waited, if it 
really wouldn t create an impossible situation. 
You could hardly expect an injured husband to 
take his wife s corespondent into business with 
him, could you? Well, Selby would put him in 
somewhere else that was just as good. There was 
more than one office on Wall Street. He began to 
feel better. The men around the ticker were all 
smoking cigars, and Tom taking out his elegant 
gold case began to smoke too a cigarette. He 
was surprised at the rapidity with which the prices 
of the stocks changed upon the board at the end 
of the room. The men at the ticker did not seem 
conscious of his presence, and once, to show that 
he was quite at home, Tom strolled over and ran 
the tape through his fingers, quickly retreating, 
however, startled at his own temerity. Wingate 
was taking an awfully long time! He kicked his 
heels together nervously. Who did they think he 
was, anyhow, to be kept waiting in that fashion? 
Presently, however, Lulie s husband came out of 
the inner office and nodded to him. 

"Afl right," he said. "Mr. Westbury would 
like to have you step inside. By the way," he 
added, "when you get through with him I d like 
a word with you myself if you don t mind." 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 335 

Mr. Westbury, a florid, keen-eyed man with a 
close gray mustache, arose and shook hands with 
Tom, and motioned him to a seat. He had the air 
of having all the time in the world. 

"Mr. Selby says you are looking for a job." 

"That s it," answered Tom, with an easy as 
surance which he was far from feeling. 

Mr. Westbury tapped his desk with the edge of 
the envelope in his hand. 

"The conditions are a bit unusual," he went on, 
swiftly appraising Tom with his sharp eyes. "We 
really don t need anybody here. We receive most 
of our orders over the telephone, and have our 
regular customers. The board out there is really 
only a convenience for a few of our friends who 
like to make our office their headquarters. But, 
of course, we can make room we ll have to make 
room for you, if it comes to that. We can t afford 
to lose Mr. Selby s business." 

Tom felt an access of confidence. It was true, 
then. Old Selby must be a heavy trader. 

"That is for you to say," commented Tom. He 
did not observe that Mr. Westbury was biting his 
mustache. 

"Putting it bluntly, Mr. Selby proposes that 
we should make you a special partner, your profits 
to be calculated on the amount of his business plus 
anything else you may bring in." 

"Well, don t you think that a fair proposition?" 
asked Tom. 

Mr. Westbury shrugged his shoulders. 



336 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"We cannot make you a special partner. That 
is out of the question for many reasons. We are 
willing, however, to give you a nominal connec 
tion with our house and to pay you a thousand 
dollars a month salary until we see what you are 
going to be worth to us. How does that strike 
you?" 

Tom assured Mr. Westbury that this would be 
eminently satisfactory to him. 

"You can come here or not, just as you please," 
continued Westbury. "If you bring in any other 
business, we ll give you some sort of a bonus. You 
ought to be able to pick up quite a lot around 
the clubs and hotels, particularly if you can get 
any tips from Mr. Selby. You can stay away as 
much as you like. Just telephone, if that suits 
you. There s really nothing you can do here, you 
know." 

"All right," answered Tom, nothing loath to be 
his own master to such an extent. "When do I get 
my salary?" 

Mr. Westbury gave a slight laugh. 

"First of every month," he answered shortly. 
"Want any money? We ll give you an advance if 
you like." 

"Just as you say," replied Tom in a lofty tone. 

Mr. Westbury pressed a bell and to the clerk 
who entered in answer to it remarked: 

"Draw a check to the order of Mr. Thomas 
Kelly for a thousand dollars " 

Then turning to Tom, he said: 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 337 

"Well, good luck to you ! Hope you make a lot 
of money!" 

Tom received his check in the outer office. He 
had hardly expected any such concrete evidence 
of Mr. Selby s interest so soon, at any rate. Yet 
he had the equivalent of a thousand dollars ac 
tually in his hand ! A thousand dollars ! His first 
real money ! Enough to pay back all that he had 
borrowed from Allyn, and have a couple of hun 
dred left besides. He almost forgot about Win- 
gate in his excitement and haste to get the check 
cashed. But Wingate did not let him escape/ 

"Well," he said pleasantly, "now that business 
is over, can you give me a few minutes? What do 
you say, shall we sit down here? Perhaps we had 
better go into my private office, eh?" 

"Suit yourself," answered Tom, distrustful of 
any Greek bearing a gift. 

He followed Wingate down a narrow passage 
until they came to a small room at the end of the 
suite. It was a cheery place, with a fire burning 
in an iron grate, and the sun pouring in through 
a single huge window, beneath which there stood 
a desk. On the top of the desk was a large framed 
photograph of Lulie ! At sight of it Tom hesitated 
and almost dropped in his tracks. Wingate with 
his wife s picture ! Lulie s girlish face looked out 
archly at both of them, the husband and the boy. 

"Good picture of my wife, isn t it?" said Win- 
gate quietly, sinking into a revolving-chair, and 
motioning Tom to an adjacent sofa. 



338 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"Very good, indeed I should say," replied Tom, 
redder now than ever, and endeavoring to assume 
an air of light indifference. 

"Of course, that picture was taken over ten 
years ago/ continued Wingate critically, "but 
she s hardly changed at all. She was the prettiest 
girl of her year, in fact, for a good many years." 

Tom was becoming more and more uncomfort 
able. Wingate had him at a disadvantage and was 
making the most of it, although Tom did not ask 
himself what the other s purpose was. It was 
enough for poor Tom that under the circumstances 
it was quite impossible for him to demand what 
all that was to him. Hang it, of course, Wingate 
had a right to assume that he was interested in 
Lulie. The blush that had at first been only a dull 
red now burned scarlet across Tom s cheeks and 
forehead. 

"You may be surprised at my speaking to you 
this way, but I can t help it. I know my wife pretty 
well. I know how beautiful and how damned fas 
cinating she is. But I know something more about 
her or I wouldn t be sitting here in my office with 
you, young man. And that is that my wife never 
went wrong with any man and never will." 

Wingate s honest gray eyes were fastened upon 
Tom s face. He was speaking gently, almost ten 
derly of his wife. 

"I was madly in love with Lulie have always 
been in love with her. I guess I m in love with her 
now. I think she used to love me. She still loves 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 339 

me sometimes. But I wasn t clever enough for her 
and I bored her. I m only a stock-broker. I never 
went to college. Maybe I d have bored her just 
as much, if I had. But she was one of those girls 
who get a bad start, because she never knew any 
thing about real life. New York and Newport 
is full of them. I don t wish to tire you, but I think 
you ought to have a word of explanation about 
Lulie. I appreciate it s not all your fault. But 
then it isn t all hers either. It s partly the fault 
of conditions. You see, she has never had to do 
anything for herself in her entire life. She was 
brought up on governesses and French maids, and 
always had her breakfast served to her in bed on 
a tray. But her mother took good care of her and 
she was strong. How she could swim ! The only 
things Lulie ever knew she got second-hand from 
novels and other girls who had them off their maids 
and hair-dressers. Sweet trick for a mother to play 
on a girl, isn t it? Smoke?" 

Tom nodded. He would gladly have given Win- 
gate his thousand-dollar check in order to escape, 
but common decency compelled him to listen. His 
hand was quite unsteady as he lit the proffered 
cigarette. 

"That isn t giving a girl a fair chance! Her 
mother brought her up to believe that the only 
kind of life worth living was what you get down 
on Long Island; taught her to look forward to 
nothing but dances and dinners, and flirting all 
the rest of her days; and incidentally that children 



340 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

were just a nuisance. Honestly, Lulie hasn t any 
idea of a home, without half a dozen footmen in 
powdered hair and knee-breeches. What chance 
has a girl got, I ask you?" 

He inhaled a deep breath of cigarette smoke. 

"And then they brought her out with a great 
fanfare of trumpets. For two years she went to 
a ball every night, and stayed in bed all the next 
day. For two years she was the centre of a whirl 
wind of artificial excitement. Every unmarried 
man made love to her, and a good many married 
men. She was fed up on it. Then she married 



me." 



He laughed amiably. 

"I suppose I was rather a come-down for Lulie, 
although I filled the bill so far as money and what 
you call social position go. But her mother was 
satisfied, and so was she for a while. Then it got 
to be an old story. You see she d become con 
vinced that she would hold the centre of the stage 
all her life. She d been flattered and adored and 
petted until she had to have admiration or die of 
drought. And suddenly, after this hectic two 
years of debutante life, the whole thing dropped 
with a thud. She was married; she refused to 
have any children the idea filled her with disgust 
and horror, and she had nothing to do. Whether 
she wanted a boiled egg or an elephant steak she 
could get it by simply pressing a button. And, as 
I say, she was perfectly strong and well. She had 
to have some outlet for her energies, so she began 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 341 

to take on a few admirers. She told me all about 
em, laughed at em with me. But she was so pretty 
is so pretty, they used to lose their heads over 
her. I can t blame her or them very much. And 
the thing grew on her ! She just couldn t live with 
out it. I can understand it easily enough. Her 
mother had made her think that her whole life was 
going to be one triumphal procession, and then 
the procession petered out. She ceased to be a 
debutante but she still had the debutante point 
of view ! She had to be made love to in spite of 
the fact that she was married already and wasn t 
willing to pay the price of love." 

He knocked the ash from his cigarette. 

"We had rows. Not because she d done any 
thing really wrong, but because she was getting 
herself talked about and making me ridiculous. 
She went back to her mother half a dozen times, 
and then when she got tired of that started in again 
with me. Of course it s grown on her, but it s not 
as bad as if she drank or took drugs. But some 
times I don t think she s quite all there." He tapped 
his forehead. "There are lots like her. The doctors 
tell me that if she d had children it would have 
been different. She s never fulfilled the purpose 
she was made for. You see there s a nervous side 
to it. She s got an unconscious totally unrecog 
nized maternal instinct that craves satisfaction, 
and there s nothing to satisfy it. Some women 
take it out on dogs. You understand." 

Tom had started to his feet, his eyes blurred 



342 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

with indignant tears. Wingate waved him sternly 
back. 

"I ve been speaking in defense of my wife and 
in behalf of a lot of useless, miserable, neurotic 
women who can only play at being alive. I ve got 
more to say, though. As I tell you, I know that 
Lulie never did a really wrong thing you know 
what I mean. And she never will. Why, that 
night you met her in the hall we d been talking 
things over you among em. I d met her at the 
Welfleets not long before, and we d had a jolly chat 
in the garden and patched it all up. Then you 
came along and spilled the beans. Don t you sup 
pose I know you were drunk ? Of course you were. 
But it might have happened even if you d been 
sober, and the other way round at that. Of course, 
I had to stand on my dignity in the household, but 
I know Lulie wasn t to blame then. The trouble 
is they re all against her now. No use explaining. I 
didn t want to make a fuss, so I got out. Six months 
from now Lulie will come around again and we ll 
fix things up. 

I want to say two things to you. First, I want 
to warn you against ruining your young life chas 
ing after my wife. She ll play with you, and then 
throw you away like a rag doll. She doesn t care a 
damn for you or any other man alive. She cares 
only for herself. She s as hard as nails and cold as 
ice. And she s as wily when she s playing her game 
as a heathen Chinee. For instance, she s not aboye 
trying to make you think I ll divorce her and name 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 343 

you as corespondent. My God ! You ! Ha ! Ha ! 
That s the kind of thing she does to put ginger into 
the game. Yet she knows that I wouldn t divorce 
her under any conditions. She s my wife and I m 
going to protect her no matter what! See?" 

Wingate had thrown away his cigarette and 
was leaning, forward pointing a long forefinger at 
the now utterly humiliated and partially frightened 
Tom. 

"And that brings me to the second thing I ve 
got to say to you, young-feller-me-lad ! I don t 
care how much you burn your fingers letting Lulie 
pull the wool over your eyes. You are free to play 
the game and make anything out of it you can 
which won t be much. But " and he rose and 
stood threateningly over Tom, "if you once do or 
say anything you understand, anything in public 
or elsewhere that compromises my wife in any 
way, I ll thrash you until I break every bone in 
your body, and I ll leave you so your own mother 
wouldn t recognize you. Is that plain enough?" 

Tom slipped out of his chair and got upon his 
feet. He was thoroughly scared, for Wingate had 
by this time quite lost control of himself. He had 
no desire to get into a fight, particularly when he 
knew that he was in the wrong. The husband of 
the woman he thought he loved stood before him 
quivering with anger, his fingers moving spasmodi 
cally. He now made a vague gesture toward the 
door and tried to speak. 

"Get out!" he finally blurted. 



344 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Tom did not delay in carrying out this order. He 
"got out," as he picturesquely expressed it to him 
self, " while the getting was good." In fact, the pre 
cise method of his departure remained a permanent 
blank in his recollection. Once down-stairs and out 
upon the street, he realized forcibly, however, that 
it would be most embarrassing to be associated in 
business after what had occurred with a firm of 
which Wingate was a member. The mere thought 
of climbing the stairs again and explaining matters 
to Mr. Westbury filled him with dismay. Wingate 
would probably be prowling around somewhere, 
and be disagreeable if not dangerous. It would 
be much more tactful and far safer to write a letter, 
and return the check which now, of course, it would 
be quite impossible for him to keep. He fingered 
it with regret, representing as it did the largest 
sum he had ever had within his control. There 
was no help for it. He would have to send it back. 
He would simply have to go to Selby and get from 
him letters to another brokerage firm. The hands 
of the clock on Trinity church pointed to a half 
after twelve. There was just time to reach the 
Waldorf comfortably before lunch. 

He found Mr. Selby amusing himself by looking 
out of the window and smoking one of the long black 
submarine cigars which he affected. The ladies, he 
said, had gone out shopping, and purposed lunch 
ing anywhere wherever they happened to be taken 
hungry. He listened with interest while Tom gave 
an emasculated narrative of his experiences of the 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 345 

morning, nodding commendation or scowling dis 
agreement as the case might be. But when his 
guest endeavored to explain why he could not as 
sociate himself with the firm in question Mr. Selby 
was clearly mystified. Tom took the position that 
as he was an intimate friend of the Scotts it would 
be manifestly improper or at least exceedingly 
awkward to be connected in business with Win- 
gate, who as a matter of common knowledge, was 
separated from his wife. If nothing else, such an 
association would certainly prevent his getting any 
of the Scott business, which might be large. Mr. 
Selby, however, couldn t see it at all ! Half the 
men you knew were separated from their wives ! 
Business was business, and matrimony was matri 
mony or bad business, as you chose to regard it. 
He chuckled at what he regarded as a very good 
joke. Tom in his opinion was making a mistake. 
Westbury & Wheatland were one of the strongest 
houses on the Street did, in fact, an enormous 
business. The proprosed connection would be worth 
fifty thousand a year ! He shook his head. No, 
the alleged reason was no reason at all! 

Tom, however, was obdurate. Unable to tell 
Selby the real cause of his refusal to join Westbury 
& Wheatland, he merely insisted upon the assumed 
one, and requested Mr. Selby to give him letters 
to some other firm. This his host was disinclined 
to do. He didn t like the idea, he explained, of 
having Tom rush all over the Street turning down 
good jobs for fanciful reasons. In the long run it 



346 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

would be bad for him. Westbury & Wheatland 
were his regular brokers, and he didn t want to 
leave them. The old fellow was obviously quite 
distressed at the situation. He wanted, he said, 
more time to think it over. However, he had a 
suggestion. Why should not Tom see what he 
could do for himself? He would agree to give him 
such business as he might have until further notice, 
and Tom could place it where he chose with any 
responsible firm. Moreover, he d give him a tip 
and Tom could see what, he could do with it. 
"Chicle" was going up. Not right off, maybe, 
but before very long. It was good for seven or 
eight points anyhow. They had lunch together, 
from which Selby departed hurriedly for a matinee, 
leaving Tom with an unoccupied afternoon before 
him. 

Lighting a cigarette, Tom sipped a cup of coffee, 
and then sauntered through the corridors on the 
ground floor of the hotel, idly watching the people 
who occupied the armchairs which lined the walls. 
Presently his eye caught a sign reading "Wert- 
heim & Wertheim," and he found himself at the 
open door of what appeared to be a brokerage office. 
There was the usual "board" at one end of the room 
upon which the prices of active stocks were being 
recorded, and in front of which reclined an audience 
of rather prosperous-looking men and a few women. 
At the other end of the room stood a couple of 
tickers, and about them were congregated the 
customary crowd of traders. A tall, alert-looking 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 347 

young Hebrew who had been standing by the win 
dow turned as Tom entered, nodded, and came for 
ward. 

"Glad to have you drop in on us, Mr. Kelly," 
said he affably. 

Tom was nonplussed. He was unaware that 
his name was known to anybody in the hotel out 
side the Selbys and the room clerk. Young Mr. 
Wertheim smiled. 

"You re a little surprised at my knowing your 
name? That s nothing. We make it our business 
to know who is at the hotel. Glad to get a little 
of your trade, you know. Besides, of course, your 
being a friend of Mr. Selby s " 

"I see J) remarked Tom. It had suddenly oc 
curred to him that here was a chance to test the 
value of Mr. Selby s influence and support. 

"Doing anything in the market?" further in 
quired Wertheim easily. 

"How s Chicle ?" asked Tom in a low tone 
hardly aware that he had uttered the words. 

Wertheim glanced at the board. 

"Forty-one," answered the broker in the same 
key, but manifestly interested. "Anything do 
ing?" 

Tom nodded mysteriously. 

"It s good for a rise," he remarked confidently. 
"Not at once, necessarily. But it s good for seven 
or eight points, believe me." 

Mr. Wertheim became instantly agitated. 

"Is that straight?" he whispered. 



348 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

" Straight from Selby within ten minutes." 

"Look here," responded Wertheim, "come into 
our inside office, won t you?" 

He grabbed Tom s arm and hastily pushed him 
through a glass door into a small room, empty save 
for a table with a telephone upon it. 

"Suppose we take a flyer?" suggested the broker 
eagerly. "I ll carry you for a thousand for the 

dp." 

Tom, who had not the remotest idea what being 
"carried for a thousand" meant, nodded. 

"I don t mind," he answered. 

Wertheim unhooked the receiver of the tele 
phone and murmured into it rapidly. Then he 
hung it up. 

"You just leave this all to me," he said to Tom. 
The bell rang and Wertheim took up the receiver 
again. 

"Got it," he exclaimed, "Forty-one and an 
eighth." 

"Got what?" inquired Tom. 

"Two thousand shares of Chicle," answered 
Wertheim with a puzzled look. "Say, it s all right, 
isn t it?" 

"Why, of course, it s all right. I told you it was 
going up," replied Tom. 

"Well I think I ll start her along now," an 
swered his new friend. "You wait here or, if 
you prefer, get over by the board and see what 
happens. 

Tom, entirely at sea as to what it all meant, 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 349 

started out among the crowd, watching while Wert- 
heim moved from group to group. The man at 
the board suddenly changed the card under "Chi" 
to 42. A few moments later he altered it again to 
42^. 

Wertheim came over to where Tom was stand 
ing. 

"She s moving," he whispered. 

There was no doubt about it. Chicle was mov 
ing jumping in fact. Before many minutes had 
elapsed Chicle whatever Chicle might be had 
gone successively from 42^ to 43, to 43^, to 44^, 
to 45, and then to 45%. 

At that point Wertheim hastened again to Tom 
and dragged him once more into the office. 

"Look here!" he cried, "I m for getting out 
quick. What do you say?" 

"I would," agreed Tom for no reason in the 
world save to be agreeable. 

The broker used the telephone once more, his 
face pale with excitement. Then he sank back with 
a deep suspiration of relief. 

"Sold it at 45!" he ejaculated. "Congratula 
tions!" 

He opened a pocket check-book, wrote rapidly 
and tore out a piece of paper. 

"Here you are !" he said, tossing a check in Tom s 
direction. "A thousand thanks! If you get any 
more like that, let us know." 

"What s this?" asked Tom, gazing stupidly at 
the check in his hand. 



350 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"Your profits, of course. I ve given you my 
own check. I ll put it through as a personal trans 
action. No use complicating matters." 



XXVII 

TOM continued to regard the check doubtfully. 
It was the largest sum of money he had ever had 
in his possession, a stupendous amount, more, prob 
ably, than his father had ever earned in a single 
year, far more than the present total of his mother s 
annual income. And he had got it by doing nothing 
at all ! Yet Wertheim had handed it to him as a 
matter of course. Old Man Selby had indeed a 
pull ! His words were golden words, or rather golden 
keys to unlock the doors of fortune. 

Tom did not, in fact, have a very clear idea of 
what had happened. He knew that in some way 
or other he had purchased stock and made a profit 
on it. He had not meant to buy it, but then, if 
Wertheim had taken it that way ! It was not 
until later that he fully realized that, had the stock 
gone down, instead of up, he could not have covered 
the resultant loss which the firm would thus have 
been obliged to bear. But, as it was, he saw only 
a smiling broker and a large check. 

"Glad to do business with you any time," said 
Wertheim, laying a hand on Tom s shoulder and 
producing a box of cigars. "Have a smoke?" 

"No, thanks," replied the youthful financier. 
He was thinking as rapidly as he could. "Suppose 

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352 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

I got you a lot of business would you pay me a 
salary?" 

"Would we?" ejaculated Wertheim. "Just 
watch us!" 

"I guess I could swing quite a lot of Mr. Selby s 
trading your way," ventured Tom. 

"Fine!" returned his companion. 

"All right," answered Tom. "I ll see what I 
can do. I ll drop around in the morning." 

Wertheim and he shook hands, and Tom saun 
tered out with his check. It was only a quarter 
to three, the whole affair having occupied less than 
half an hour. How easy to make a lot of money 
if you only knew how ! He crossed the street, de 
posited his voucher, secured a check-book and 
returned to the hotel writing-room. He could now 
pay off Allyn and relieve his mind of an anxiety 
which had of late grown constantly greater. 

Yet as he drew the check to his friend s order 
for the eight hundred dollars which he owed him, 
he was not altogether easy in his mind. It did not 
seem, somehow, as if the check could really repre 
sent eight hundred dollars. He thought of the petty 
economies with which his mother s existence had 
always been filled, the inevitable turning off of the 
gas when not in use, the saving of odd half-sheets 
of writing paper, the substitution of newspaper 
"spills" for matches, the thousand and one ways 
in which she had managed to eke out her income 
in order to send him to college, and at the same time 
keep a home open for him to go to. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 353 

Only he hadn t gone! Really he must take a 
run up to Boston soon and see her. How would it 
do to send her a check for a thousand dollars? 
Something told him that she would not take it if 
she knew the source of its origin. She had always 
referred to the stock exchange as if it had been the 
portico of the infernal regions. Narrow-minded, 
of course! But curiously enough Tom felt some 
thing of the same superstition. He could not send 
her a check for so large a sum without explanation, 
and any truthful explanation would, he knew in 
stinctively, render the gift unacceptable. How 
ever, he mailed a check to his tailor in Cambridge 
for his long-overdue account and paid whatever 
other bills he could think of. They were not nu 
merous, although they aggregated nearly thirteen 
hundred dollars, and he still had over two thousand 
dollars left when he had finished. 

Two thousand dollars! He kept repeating the 
words in a sort of sing-song "two thous andol 
lars two thous an dot lars!" Two thousand 
dollars? Why he could spend a thousand and still 
have another thousand dollars left. In a few days, 
when he d amassed forty, or fifty, or maybe a hun 
dred thousand, he d take a special train, and go 
up to Boston to see his mother. That would be 
after he d made all his arrangements with "Wert- 
heim & Wertheim." Then he would come back a 
full-fledged business man, and his mother would 
be satisfied, so long as it was his regular occupation. 

He leaned back in a leather lounge-chair, and 



354 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

planned what he would do when he returned home. 
Well, first his mother should go right over to Boyls- 
ton Street, to that swell "Madame Irene" the 
"Parisienne Modiste," and order a couple of dresses. 
There had been enough seamstresses in the house, 
cluttering up everything, leaving their chalk and 
wax around, and eating their meals at the table ! 
Imagine ! Huh ! eating with a seamstress even 
if she was called "Miss" ! Yes, his mother should 
have a wonderful black silk dress with real lace, 
and some decent shoes. 

He remembered with a shudder the stubby little 
kid shoes, rubbed almost white on the toes and sides, 
which his mother had always insisted on wearing. 
New shoes for mother ! Made to order ! 

A glow of benevolence possessed him. He d 
give her a surprise, a diamond pin in the shape of 
a cross; he had once heard her express the prepos 
terous wish for one, with an embarrassed laugh at 
the absurdity of the mere idea. Probably she had 
prayed the same night to be forgiven for "coveting" 
her neighbors goods ! He laughed. Well, by 
thunder, she should have the pin two pins ! 

And then there was Bridget. She would have 
to give up wearing her hair in that ridiculous knob 
on the back of her head. It made her look too much 
like a "Biddy." She was a "Biddy," of course, 
but she was a good "Biddy" a sort of an aris 
tocratic "Biddy." Now that they could have a 
butler, if they wanted one, to keep on with Bridget 
would be a gracious sort of thing to do "noblesse 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 355 

oblige" "ancien regime" and so on. "Old family 
servant." But she must fix up her head, and wear 
a cap a nice white cap. And learn to mix drinks 
temperance drinks 

Tom cracked his fingers and beckoned to a 
waiter. 

"Here, bring me a brandy-and-soda ! " 

He scratched off a check for a hundred dollars, 
and handing it to the man, who received it with 
obeisance, ordered him to cash it. 

Then the front door needed to be sandpapered 
down and varnished. He d have that attended 
to. Also the carpet in the hall before the door was 
worn threadbare. New carpet! Gosh, it was fun 
to spend two thousand dollars! Up-stairs he d 
rip everything out chuck away all the old junk 
hair sofas and so forth. Hair sofas ! Oh, Lord ! 
Imagine him sitting on a hair sofa! They might 
do for Aunt Eliza or Uncle Ebenezer. He would 
take out the gas his mother was always smelling 
around for leaks and install electricity. "Install" 
was a good word. He liked the sound of it and re 
peated it several times. And of course! Why 
hadn t he thought of it before the bathroom! 
His mother should have a tiled bathroom with all 
the most modern fixtures instead of sitting on a 
rotten old wooden seat with her feet in a spotted 
tin tub ! But there would have to be somebody 
to take care of the bathroom a maid! A neat, 
rosy, pretty maid in a black dress, white cap and 
a dinky little apron like a "doily." No more 



356 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"doilies"! And there would be finger-bowls at 
every meal no matter what his mother said! He 
returned rather fondly to the idea of the maid. 
He d pick her out himself or else his mother would 
get an old scrawny one. There was lots of style 
in a maid. 

At this point the waiter returned with the brandy - 
and-soda, the glass being flanked with a pile of 
yellow and green bills. Tom handed him one off 
the top of the pile with a grand wave of his hand. 
It wasn t even a case of "keep the change." He 
was away beyond just little old "keep the change" 
he gave bills! He stuffed the mass of paper into 
his pocket without counting it, and began to im 
bibe his brandy-and-soda. 

He reverted again to the maid. She must be 
trim, slender, dark, with big eyes and a lot of wavy 
hair. She would answer the bell, wake him up in 
the morning and lay out his pajamas in the eve 
ning. He began to have slight doubts as to his 
mother s approval. Their waitresses when they 
had any had always been huge, broad-backed, 
hairy peasants Swedes, Finns, Lithuanians 
Croates even ! He wondered if there had been 
any arriere-pensee in this selection of female Brob- 
dingnagians on the part of his mother. Shy old 
mater! He remembered now a black, fiery little 
Irish girl from Kenmare that his mother had only 
kept overnight. Yes, the maid must be more like 
that. He found himself engaged in conjuring up a 
very vivid picture a picture that resembled some 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 357 

one strongly. He would not think of Evelyn in 
this mood. His thoughts having now turned to 
Lulie, he ordered another brandy-and-soda. What 
a wonderful, soft, alluring creature she was ! Beside 
her Pauline was a clodhopper a stout clodhopper ! 
He recalled that night in the hallway of the bachelor 
wing at "Beausejour," and the next night in the 
rose-garden. How reluctant, yet how pliant she 
had been! He must have quite a way with him. 
He projected other nights in rose-gardens and 
elsewhere. Hadn t she said she was lonely? 

Tom dressed and hastened from the hotel with 
out asking either for Mr. Selby or the ladies and, 
having purchased two dozen American Beauties 
at a florist s on Fifth Avenue, called for Lulie in 
a hansom. He had never ridden in one before 
and felt rather rakish in consequence. There was 
something unusually intimate in being jiggled up 
and down that way on the back seat, and when the 
cab-horse stopped unexpectedly you were tossed 
backward in a sort of delicious confusion. They 
dined expensively at a rather poor restaurant in 
the park, talking in innuendoes, and reaching the 
theatre at the end of the first act. He wondered 
several times if what Wingate had said about his 
wife were true that she was only playing with him ? 
He thought about it a good deal in the theatre 
and it worried his pride somewhat. One thing he 
was sure of, he wasn t just going to hang around 
Lulie for the sake of spending his money on her. 
He felt confident that Wingate was flattering him- 



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self, whistling to keep his courage up. He had 
warned Tom not to compromise her! Well, how 
could he compromise her, if she were only trifling 
with him? He had no intention of compromising 
her anyway, but he refused to believe that she 
was not serious with him. What did Wingate 
know about it? He had claimed that she made 
him a confidant regarding her affairs! Well, she 
might talk over her affairs with her husband simply 
for the purpose of putting him off the track. Be 
sides, at the time of the famous marital conference 
in the Welfleets garden, Lulie had only known 
him an hour or so. She couldn t have talked him 
over much, that was sure! There was nothing in 
it. During the last act he pressed his arm against 
hers and received an answering pressure that filled 
him with ecstasy. 

On the way home in the hansom he kissed her 
twice before they reached her apartment. In spite 
of his violence, she promised to drive with him again 
the following evening, and he stood for several 
minutes on the sidewalk in front of her apartment- 
house holding her little hand. But she did not 
ask him to come in. 



XXVIII 

TOM slept late the next morning and, after a 
hearty breakfast in his sitting-room, dressed in a 
leisurely fashion and then strolled over to the Selby 
apartment in search of his patron, whom he found 
as usual smoking contemplatively before the win 
dow. 

"Well," said Selby slyly, after the first saluta 
tions were over, "I see Chicle got a move on!" 

"It came up nobly to the scratch," answered 
Tom. "What shall I tell em to-day? They ex 
pect the very latest information, you know." 

"So-ho!" exclaimed Selby. "Got a job al 
ready?" 

"A sort of one." 

"Where?" 

"Down-stairs. There s a firm of brokers right 
in the hotel. They say they ll pay me a good salary 
based on any business I bring in. Of course, I 
didn t have any orders for them, but I passed along 
your tip on Chicle. Are you doing anything in 
the market this morning ? " 

Selby seemed amused. 

"You might buy me a couple of thousand shares 
around 46," he agreed carelessly. "But let it go 
if it touches 48." 

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Tom noted the figures carefully upon the back 
of an envelope, thanked him, and arose to go. 

Pauline s name had not been mentioned. In 
fact, he had not thought of her for over twenty- 
four hours. With two thousand dollars in bills 
in his pockets she did not appear necessary. Wert- 
heim greeted him warmly, his warmth becoming 
effusion when Tom gave him Mr. Selby s order. 
It appeared that Chicle had dropped back a little, 
and they secured the two thousand shares with 
out difficulty at 45^2, but almost immediately an 
upward movement set in just as it had the after 
noon before. Everybody seemed suddenly to be 
buying Chicle, at least everybody in Wertheim & 
Wertheim s, and most of the customers evinced 
an undisguised interest in Tom, whose self-esteem 
rose momentarily as Chicle bounded upward. Other 
stocks were neglected, and the bystanders at the 
ticker indulged in all sorts of speculations as to 
what was going on in the company. It was the 
loudly expressed general opinion that the stock 
had recently been " neglected," and that there was 
"real, basic value" in the property. Tom en 
couraged this belief by dropping dark hints as to 
" developments " in the near future. Somebody 
promptly organized a small pool and the stock was 
pushed up beyond 49. As instructed, Tom sold 
out at 48, and had the satisfaction of knowing that 
at any rate Mr. Selby had not lost money on him. 

He hung around the office until the close of busi 
ness, then partook of a light lunch in the cafe, and 



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thereafter amused himself by strolling up and down 
Fifth Avenue and Broadway until it should be time 
to dress for dinner and call for Lulie again. His 
second evening with her passed off much as had 
the first. Again they dined to music this time at 
a Fifth Avenue restaurant, and again sought amuse 
ment at the theatre, after which she submitted as 
before to being kissed in the cab, and bade him 
farewell upon the sidewalk. Tom began to feel 
somehow that Lulie was not playing the game. 
He couldn t have explained why exactly or what 
he expected, but there was a sort of anticlimax 
about it all. She was more tantalizing than ever 
especially as she had now adopted a quasi-Platonic 
attitude toward him. It was quite quasi consider 
ing what went on in the cab, but she acted as if 
whatever passed between them was of a merely 
friendly character a boy and girl relationship 
that had no significance. All her hints about the 
darkness of her future had abruptly stopped. She 
was, apparently, quite satisfied to have Tom calling 
for her in a cab every evening, taking her out to 
dinner and the theatre, and then kissing her good 
night at the end in what she chose to regard as a 
brotherly fashion. 

The effect on Tom was, probably, exactly what 
Lulie had anticipated, and he returned to the hotel 
each night after leaving her, to toss sleepless on 
his bed for hours. This went on for four days, 
during which time Tom each morning dropped in 
on Mr. Selby, received an order to buy or sell, 



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usually several thousand shares of stock, secured 
from him a trifle of information regarding Chicle, 
visited Wertheim & Wertheim s, whose customers 
now hung on his every word, and spent the rest 
of the day in idleness awaiting the moment when 
he could feel the soft pressure of Lulie s arm 
against his, and drink in the odor of the violets 
which she wore upon her bosom. And meantime 
Chicle went soaring, and the ticker world at large 
became convinced that something mysterious was 
doing in it. Strange customers, emissaries in dis 
guise, from other stock-brokerage firms, appeared 
at Wertheim & Wertheim s to hear what the new 
prophet had to say about the future of this and 
other securities, and hung upon his words as upon 
those of an oracle, demanding to be told what to 
do. 

Wertheim admitted nervously that he had gone 
in again for Chicle rather heavily was in fact the 
chief holder in the pool, and dogged Tom s foot 
steps for the very latest news from Selby. It was 
a bit embarrassing this enforced attribute of om 
niscience and when Chicle went down, as it often 
did momentarily, he felt almost responsible for its 
eccentricity. On these occasions he was accustomed 
to seek Dutch courage in a tall glass of brandy- 
and-soda. Cigarettes, of course, were the instru 
ments of his profession. He had nearly forgotten 
the existence of Pauline and her mother. The face 
of Lulie, with the languorous droop of her eyelids, 
the smell of her hair, the touch of her body, the mur- 



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mur of her voice, filled his veins with liquid fire, 
and drove every other thought out of his mind so 
that he acted as a mere automaton. Selby had 
seemed rather cool toward him the last day or two, 
but he had come to have a feeling akin to contempt 
for the old codger. The days were something merely 
to be endured until he could see Lulie his Lulie ! 

It was on the Friday after they had returned to 
New York that his infatuation reached its climax. 
Things could not go on this way, he told himself, 
any longer. There had got to be a show-down be 
tween them. Her indifference was driving him 
frantic. She must get rid of Wingate or some 
thing. He had passed a sleepless night and arose 
red-eyed, jumping, almost hysterical. He could 
eat nothing for breakfast, but drank a large cup 
of black coffee and a "bracer" before dressing. 
Selby had gone out when, as usual, he called at 
the apartment. He lit cigarette after cigarette in 
a vain attempt to steady his nerves. Wertheim & 
Wertheim would be, he knew, anxious for something 
about Chicle which had now climbed to 61. Well, 
it was " still good," he guessed. He had made up 
his mind about Lulie. He wasn t going to be put 
off any longer. He d take her out to dinner, but 
he wouldn t take her to the theatre. He would 
insist on going back with her to her apartment. 
She would have to fish or cut bait. He wasn t going 
to be made a fool of any longer. He d find out 
know where he stood. 

Muttering these and similar expressions, he en- 



364 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

tered Wertheim & Wertheim s, and was imme 
diately surrounded by a crowd of anxious "inves 
tors" who demanded to be told anything that Mr. 
Selby had let drop that morning about Chicle. 
Tom assured them that it was "all right still 
good," adding a few imaginary trimmings of the 
same general pattern out of his own head. The 
stock, however, did not display its customary firm 
ness, and "backed and filled" up to the time that 
the market closed, the last quotation being two 
points below the highest for the day. At five min 
utes after three Wertheim excitedly dragged him 
into the inner office. 

"Look here," he ejaculated, "I don t like the 
the way Chicle is acting. WeVe got close onto 
nineteen thousand shares in this office and most 
of it is on five points margin. Are you sure it s 
all right? Nobody s been unloading on us, have 
they?" 

"Of course not!" returned Tom with impatience. 
"It s as good as gold. / didn t tell you to load up 
with it, anyway. You bought at your own risk. 
I merely repeated what Mr. Selby told me about 
it." 

Wertheim was chewing the end of his cigar in 
great agitation. All his usual savoir-faire had dis 
appeared. 

"It s true Mr. Selby has been buying but then 
he s been selling, too," he said. "He probably 
has other brokers. He may be running a pool of 
his own. It means ruin to me and my brother if 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 365 

he is. Why, we may have been buying Selby s 
own stock all the time ! " 

"Nonsense!" retorted Tom. "He is giving me 
all his business just now. You needn t worry." 

Wertheim s little gimlet eyes were fastened on 
Tom s face. 

"I know you think so!" he answered soberly. 
"But you might be mistaken. And if you were, 
Wertheim & Wertheim would be busted, that s 
all. I d get out to-morrow morning sell in London 
before the opening in fact if I thought there was 
any chance of your being wrong." 

"There s no use being so excited about it!" 
tartly answered Tom. "Everything s all right. 
The stock will probably keep on going up all the 
way to par. But if you d feel any better about it 
I ll ask Selby, when he comes in this evening, what 
he thinks and let you know." 

"The trouble is," explained Wertheim anxiously, 
"I m going to Schenectady at four o clock. If we re 
going to get out of Chicle I ll have to cable London 
to-night." 

"Couldn t I telephone to you in Schenectady?" 
inquired Tom. 

"I don t know where I shall be staying," replied 
Wertheim dejectedly. "Shan t know until I get 
there. But I could telegraph you as soon as I arrive 
when and where to call me up. Will that incon 
venience you?" 

"No not at all !" said Tom generously, realizing 
that, after all, he was in a measure responsible for 



366 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

the rise in Chicle, and Wertheim s embarrassment. 
"I ll call you up before midnight and let you know 
what Mr. Selby says. I ll be glad to do that for 
you." 

Wertheim looked relieved. 

"Thanks awfully!" he ejaculated. 

It was all rather a bore to Tom, but he felt under 
obligations to Wertheim they were partners in a 
way. He d taken nearly four thousand dollars out 
of the firm. It wouldn t be much trouble, after 
all, to call the broker up on the long distance tele 
phone. He could do it right from Lulie s apart 
ment. Lulie ! How could he wait until eight o clock 
to see her ? 

He ordered a drink for himself in the cafe, and 
then called Lulie s number on the telephone only 
to be told by her maid that her mistress was out 
and not expected back until six o clock. It was 
raining and the hotel air was heavy and depressing. 
Disconsolately he threw himself into one of the 
leather chairs in the foyer. Yes, it was time to 
know where he was at with Lulie ! He d ask her 
to go away with him that very night. He had 
money enough for the present. This suspense was 
insupportable. He could fix things up with Win- 
gate somehow. He wouldn t make a row if he was 
satisfied that Lulie really loved some one else. There 
was nothing in it any other way. It was all or 
nothing. They couldn t stay as they were. His 
cigarette-case became exhausted and he refilled 
it at the cigar counter. At five o clock he went 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 367 

up-stairs, bathed and began to dress for the eve 
ning. 

His preparations completed, he rang for the eve 
ning papers and a gardenia, which he placed in the 
buttonhole of his dress-coat. He had still an hour 
to wait before it should be time to call for Lulie. 
The valet had pulled down the curtains of his sitting- 
room and turned on the lights, and now Tom put 
a match to the fire and sat down before it in an 
armchair. Outside the rain drove in heavy gusts 
against the windows. He was very tired and his 
right eye and temple ached fiercely. Now and 
then the muscles in his legs jerked spasmodically. 
He leaned back his head and closed his eyes, lis 
tening to the soft snapping of the coal in the grate. 
The warmth was comforting to his soul. Soon he 
became drowsy. Just as he was on the point of 
falling asleep there came an unexpected knock 
upon the door behind him. 

"Come in!" he answered automatically, think 
ing it might be a boy with a letter or the perennial 
pitcher of ice-water. Then, to his surprise and em 
barrassment, he discovered that it was Pauline, 
and he staggered shamefacedly to his feet. 

"Why, Pauline!" he stammered. 

She was in a low-cut evening gown, her cheeks 
were flushed and her eyes unnaturally bright; and 
he noticed that she was twisting her fingers ner 
vously as she came toward him. 

"Tom!" she besought him, almost pathetically. 
"Where have you been?" 



368 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

He muttered something about having been very 
busy dropping his eyes like a schoolboy before 
her frank gaze. Something told him that just as 
he had intended to have it out with Lulie, Pauline 
had come to have it out with him. She was close 
beside him now, looking at him with intent, plead 
ing eyes. 

"How badly you look!" she exclaimed. "Is 
anything the matter?" 

"I don t feel very fit," he replied awkwardly. 
It occurred to him that it wasn t exactly the thing 
for a girl to drift into a fellow s room like that. 
Suppose her mother should come along? 

"Don t you want to come into the drawing- 
room?" he asked in a weak voice. He would have 
given all the money in his pocket to have been 
there. 

"No," she said, and her voice sounded curiously 
flat. "I wanted to see you alone." She paused. 
"Haven t you anything to say to me? We haven t 
seen each other for nearly a week, and we ve been 
right across the hall from each other all the time." 

Again Tom tried to stammer out some sort of 
an explanation. It was beastly rude, he admitted, 
rotten, in fact, but there had been so much to do 
business and all that, for her father he hoped now 
he d got started it would be different they d have 
to go to the theatre or something soon he stopped, 
realizing that he was talking into the air. Pauline 
was watching him anxiously. Already her instinct 
told her that the situation was hopeless. Indeed, 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 369 

she had suspected it to be so from the first night 
upon the yacht, and the suspicion had been strength 
ened by what had occurred upon the mountain- 
top. But she was unwilling to let Tom go without 
a struggle. He was standing before the fire, his 
head upon his breast, unwilling or afraid to meet 
her eyes. 

"Tom!" she cried, and in her voice there was a 
note of agonized yearning. 

He raised his eyes he could not do less, and his 
lips quivered. After all, he was only twenty-two. 
He hadn t meant to hurt Pauline didn t want to 
hurt her. Her face was close to his now, and he 
could see big tears in her eyes. 

"I Pauline!" He choked. "I guess I ve been 
a brute!" 

"No! No!" she wildly protested, holding out 
her bare arms to him. "You ve been a perfect 
dear always! Tom! Tom!" She pressed one 
arm to her eyes and, before he could draw away, 
threw the other around his neck. "Love me!" 
she sobbed with her head on his shoulder. "Love 
me, Tom ! I can t live without you !" 

Tom, wretched with self-reproach, put both 
arms around her. 

"Don t, Pauline!" he ordered. "You mustn t. 
You re all upset ! You re not yourself !" 

She shook her head, weeping convulsively. 

"I love you! I love you! You must love me! 
I shall die without you ! Say you love me ! Tom ! 
Say you love me!" 



370 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

She clung to him like a frenzied child. 

"Pauline!" he answered sharply. "You must 
stop! Do you hear? Stop! This this won t 
do at all ! I m very fond of you, of course. You 
know that. But I don t love you the way you 
mean ! " 

"Oh," she sobbed, letting her arms fall away from 
him. "Oh!" 

She drew back slowly, almost reluctantly, her 
face burning with a deep crimson, in spite of her 
wet cheeks. 

"Oh!" she cried, her voice vibrating with shame 
and anger. "Oh ! I hate you ! I hate you !" 

And turning on her heel she rushed out of the 
room. 

Tom stood there shocked and humiliated, ap 
preciating fully that he and no one else was re 
sponsible for this unpleasant scene, yet endeavoring 
to convince himself that he had not at any time 
intentionally deceived Pauline as to his feelings 
toward her. His attempt at self-justification, how 
ever, was far from satisfactory. He had really 
played fast and loose with her even if it were 
equally true that she had taken rather more for 
granted so far as he was concerned than the cir 
cumstances warranted. Poor Pauline! A stout 
figure blocked the threshold, and Tom suddenly 
found himself confronted by "Poor Pauline s" 
father. The little man was glaring at him aggres 
sively, a large cigar blazing fiercely in front of his 
bellicose features. Slamming the door behind him 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 371 

without turning around, he advanced toward the 
rug upon which Tom was standing, removed the 
cigar with his left hand and clinched his right a 
short distance away from Tom s nose. 

"You young whippersnapper !" he shouted. 
"What you mean by treatin my Pauline this way? 
I thought everybody thought it was all fixed 
up tween her and you ! Now she s gone in there 
to her room cryin her eyes out ! What you said 
to her, eh? You tell me, see?" 

He made a rather ridiculous figure suggesting 
an old hen trying to turn game-cock in defense 
of her offspring. Tom s feeling of self-abasement 
instantly turned to irritation. 

"I didn t say anything to her!" he retorted. 
"She did all the talking herself!" 

Pa Selby glowered at him indignantly. 

"I guess she wouldn t take on so unless you was 
partly to blame!" he returned in heat. "Anyhow 
I won t have my little girl talked to so s to make 
her cry. You ought to be ashamed of yourself." 

"I tell you I said nothing to her at all!" an 
swered Tom stubbornly. "If you ask her, she ll 
tell you so herself." 

Selby rubbed his chin and returned the cigar to 
his mouth. He had not intended to precipitate a 
quarrel with Tom. 

"What was the trouble about?" he demanded. 

"Ask her," answered Tom, feeling that the least 
he could do was to be loyal to a lady who had made 
him an avowal. 



372 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Selby twisted the cigar around in his mouth. 

"Look here," he said finally. "Perhaps it s 
none of my business. A little lovers quarrel, may 
be?" 

Tom shook his head. 

Selby turned color. 

"Say, you don t mean you ain t in love with 
Pauline, do you?" 

"That is the fact," answered Tom shortly. 

"My God!" exclaimed the manufacturer. He 
sank helplessly into the armchair. "What on 
earth you been hangin around Her all summer for? 
I thought you were as good as engaged." 

"I like your daughter very much," said Tom 
with dignity. "But that s entirely different from 
getting married to her." 

"You must have thought I was dead stuck on 
you!" declared Mr. Selby with a shade of disgust. 
"Look at the business I offered to give you. Did 
you suppose I d do that for any young feller that 
just came along? Dear me! This is awful!" 

He smoked dejectedly during an embarrassed 
interval of several minutes. Then he looked up 
at Tom with an effort at geniality. 

"Look here!" he began good-naturedly. "I 
imagine things ain t so bad that they can t be 
mended. I guess Pauline was a little too much in 
a hurry. You musn t mind that! Of course, you 
like her ! Everybody likes her. She s a sweet, 
fine, noble girl, and she s all her mother and me 
has got. We couldn t be happy a minute without 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 373 

she was happy. She sets a store by you, I know 
that. You got to get married sometime. Now, 
why not Pauline? She ll be a rich girl some day." 

He looked eagerly at Tom s face. 

"I don t want to marry for money," replied Tom, 
with a sharp prick of his almost dormant con 
science. 

"It ain t marryin for money!" Mr. Selby as 
sured him. "I wouldn t suggest your marryin 
Pauline without you loved her. But nobody could 
help lovin Pauline. Come now, think it over! 
There ain t a smarter, prettier girl to be found any 
wheres than my little Pauline!" 

Tom shook his head. 

"It s no use, Mr. Selby," he answered, "I don t 
love your daughter. I can t marry her." 

There was a long silence. At length Mr. Selby 
said very slowly: 

"Listen here, Mr. Kelly! I ll give you a million 
dollars in cash, if you ll marry my daughter." 

Tom turned half-sick. It had been one thing to 
play with the idea of marrying for money; it was 
another to discover that he was the kind of person 
whom others believed would deliberately sell him 
self for money. It was a refined distinction, but it 
was nevertheless true that for the first time he saw 
the degrading position in which his conduct had 
placed him. He was dizzy, faint, nauseated almost. 

"No!" he groaned. "No!" 

His coat and tall hat were lying upon the sofa 
and he put them on hurriedly. 



374 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"Well, I didn t mean to say anything " began 
Mr. Selby apologetically, but Tom had fled. The 
old man shook his head several times with a puz 
zled air. "Well, what do you think of that? "he 
remarked to his cigar. "Well!" he shrugged his 
shoulders. "Poor Pauline!" And he sighed 
deeply. 

Tom made his way down the marble staircase 
to the hotel office like one who walks in his sleep. 
He hardly knew where he was going, his only idea 
being to escape from the tentacles of the Selbys. 
He was half blind from headache and in addition 
he was almost ill with disgust and shame. Auto 
matically he walked to the bar and drank a glass 
of whiskey. It still lacked three quarters of an 
hour to seven, and he sat down in a corner and 
ordered another whiskey and a siphon of carbonic. 
The Selby situation had blown wide open, no more 
tips on Chicle, no more orders on commission. He 
now clearly perceived his actual relationship to 
these people whose guest he still was. Luckily he 
could terminate his dependence upon the Selby 
hospitality. He could and would at once call for 
his bill at the office and pay it himself. To-morrow 
he would take rooms somewhere else unless some 
thing happened with Lulie. He would tell her 
about his experiences, and it might incline her to 
be more acquiescent in his wishes. He did not ask 
himself what those wishes were exactly; he merely 
knew that their relationship couldn t go on as it 
was. He was all alone in the great city except for 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 375 

Lulie, and he was solitary and miserable. She was 
the only person that meant anything to him. 

A new element crept unexpectedly into his feel 
ings toward her a longing to be with her simply 
because she was friendly and interested in his wel 
fare a desire to be somewhere where he belonged, 
or at least was understood. Unconscious of the 
fact, Tom suddenly began to be homesick for the 
first time in his life. He filled his tall glass from 
the siphon and drank half of it, and for some reason 
it made the ache over his eye seem less acute, al 
though his whole head buzzed and throbbed. He 
began to pity himself. The Selbys had treated 
him badly, had wilfully misconstrued a frank and 
disinterested friendship. Pauline was a man-hunter 
cheated of her prey. Her father had deliberately 
kicked him out into the street because he refused 
to be bought. A million dollars ! He ground his 
teeth impotently, refusing now to admit that he 
had laid himself open to the accusation of being 
a fortune-hunter. They were a cold-blooded lot, 
these rich parvenus! A rotten bunch, that New 
port crowd ! 

He arose uncertainly and, making his way to the 
office, demanded his bill. He was amazed to find 
that it amounted to over a hundred dollars. While 
paying it he recalled his promise to telephone to 
Wertheim at Schenectady. Well, he couldn t get 
any more tips from Selby. Wertheim would have 
to decide for himself what to do. Under the cir 
cumstances the broker had better sell in London 



376 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

next morning before the opening. He would call 
him up from Lulie s and suggest his doing so. With 
this in mind, he requested the mail-clerk to forward 
by messenger any telegram that might come for 
him to Mrs. Wingate s, whose address he wrote 
down upon a card. 

As he drove in the heavy rain up Fifth Avenue 
to Fifty-seventh Street he felt that only to be near 
Lulie again would make him infinitely happy. At 
the door of her apartment the butler helped him 
off with his coat and took his hat and overshoes. 

"Mrs. Wingate wished me to tell you, sir," said 
the man, "that on account of the bad weather 
she has ordered dinner in the apartment." 

Tom endeavored to show no concern on receiving 
this announcement, but that Lulie should of her own 
accord have anticipated his desires filled him with 
excitement and trepidation. Had something come 
over her ? Was she really afraid of the wet, or was 
the rain merely an eagerly seized-upon excuse? 
At least he was to have the opportunity of forcing 
the issue with her without having to manufacture 
or insist upon an occasion. His heart pumped dis- 
quietingly as he followed the butler down the hall 
way and across the threshold of her drawing-room. 

"Mr. Kelly/ announced the avant-courier with 
a crisp English accent, and stepped back and out. 

A fire of sea-coal was glowing upon the hearth, 
the soft light from a couple of shaded lamps fell 
upon the gilded binding of books and silver frames, 
and the atmosphere of the room was warm and 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 377 

heavy with the fragrance of the roses he had sent 
her that afternoon. To come thus out of the drab, 
rain-swept avenue into the mellow comfort of this 
feminine boudoir in itself went far toward satis 
fying the physical yearning Tom had been feeling 
for some place to which he belonged for some 
thing more personal than the foyer or bar of a 
great hotel, and he interpreted this merely physical 
catlike satisfaction as an evidence of the necessity 
he felt for having Lulie near him. Indeed the 
transition from storm to lamplight, from loneliness 
to the sense of companionship, from emotional 
discomfiture to the feeling of instinctive sympathy 
brought the hot tears welling to his tired, red eyes, 
and set his chin to quivering as Lulie turned to 
him with a smile from where she was lying on a 
chaise-longue before the fire. 

"Well Tom!" she said, and her voice seemed 
to wreathe itself about him in an embrace, "I 
thought perhaps you wouldn t mind staying here 
with me she paused inquiringly. "Why, you 
poor boy! WTiat is the matter?" 

Her tone was so kind and sympathetic that it 
tore away the last barrier of his self-control. By 
her very gentleness she accomplished that which a 
less moral quality, however alluring, might have 
failed to achieve. Giving way utterly to fatigue, 
loneliness, and spiritual dejection, Tom threw him 
self on his knees before her and buried his face in 
her lap. 

"Oh, Lulie!" he sobbed, "I m so miserable!" 



378 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"You poor, poor boy!" she answered, stroking 
his hair. "What has upset you so? You seemed 
quite happy only last night." 

He pressed closely to her without answer. Just 
what her feelings toward this pompous, egotistical, 
yet somehow attractive boy were she could not 
have told. She liked him probably because he 
liked her. He was a "decent sort," and she had 
lured him on instinctively, ready to play with him 
to the limit. He amused her. He thought he loved 
her. But if she unconsciously entertained any con 
tempt for him, his childish abandonment and ap 
parent helplessness momentarily brought out all 
that was good in her. 

"I m so sorry, Tom!" she murmured gently, 
caressing his temples with her hands. She had 
never before given any such sign of affection for 
him. Had, indeed, hardly felt any. She had played 
the game on the basis of being the pursued en 
deavoring to outwit her pursuer and keep him at 
arm s length. And now because he had come to 
her for consolation she had taken him in her arms, 
her better self paving the way for her worst self 
to follow. Thus angels sometimes unlock the door 
by which devils enter the fortress of the soul. 



XXIX 

SOON he became calmer. The touch of LuhVs 
cool, light fingers, the faint smell of hyacinths that 
permeated her tea-gown and its soft texture against 
his cheeks soothed and comforted him. He felt a 
new tenderness for her. Unconsciously his arm 
had sought her waist, and now he drew her down 
toward him and lifted his head to hers 

"Lulie! You do love me, don t you?" he be 
sought her. It was the same challenge that Pauline 
had put to him not an hour before. Instantly her 
old attitude reasserted itself. She was quite ready 
to be a little mother to Tom to any one really in 
distress, but there was something in his voice that 
frightened her. She realized that no banter would 
satisfy him. He had come for his answer and no 
equivocation would suffice. She was not ready to 
give that answer, had never been ready to give 
it on the occasions when other men had called upon 
her for it, and her woman s instinct of self-pres 
ervation drove her instantly into retreat. 

Drawing gently away from him, she shook her 
finger reprovingly before his eyes. 

"You mustn t behave this way!" she declared. 
"The servants might see you. Sh! I hear one of 
them coming." 

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Tom scrambled to his feet just as the butler 
returned. 

" Dinner is served, madam," said he. Tom of 
fered Lulie his arm and led her to the dining-room, 
where a small round table, gleaming with silver, 
and just large enough for two, was laid before an 
other of the soft-coal fires that she liked. He raised 
her hand as it lay upon his arm and kissed it in 
the hallway, behind the butler s back, and when 
he soberly took his place a moment later opposite 
her at the table it seemed to him as if he were act 
ing a part. He wasn t a mere guest ! He was some 
thing more. It was just as if he and she were married. 
If they were married he would be coming home 
every evening just like that, and probably be say 
ing: "Well, darling, what have you been up to to 
day?" 

However, he was very careful as to what he did 
say to her before the butler, and only allowed him 
self the preliminary liberty of pressing her foot 
gently beneath the table. While the oysters were 
being served he told her about his cruise with the 
Selbys and between them they managed to keep 
the conversation going on a politely conventional 
basis so long as either of the men servants was in 
the room. The stimulus of Lulie s presence and the 
relief of being once more in a sympathetic atmos 
phere had driven away his headache, and he was 
even able to enjoy the delicious meal which her 
chef had prepared. He drank a glass or so of cham 
pagne, and his depression passed from him as a 



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cloud shadow drifts across a summer landscape. 
He was almost happy nervously so, but happy. 
He felt that in spite of her not having said so, Lulie 
must love him. Wingate had made a wrong diag 
nosis. He did not understand his wife. What he 
had said about the unfortunate limitations of her 
upbringing might have been true enough, but as 
to her sincerity he was entirely wrong. He was 
a jealous ass, that was all. 

Tom emptied his champagne-glass as fast as the 
butler replenished it, failing to observe that Lulie 
hardly touched hers. He had a feeling of posses 
sion regarding her, of almost proprietary right in 
her apartment. He belonged there. Had he not 
discarded Pauline and her fortune for her? His 
act at that moment seemed to him almost noble. 
He had made a great sacrifice, had thrown away a 
career all for a woman. As he gazed at her across 
the table through half -lowered lids he told himself 
that she was worth it. His glance lingered on her 
slender neck and white sloping shoulders the tiny 
lobe of her ear as it peeped firm beneath the black 
undulating masses of her rebellious hair. He had 
difficulty in restraining himself from getting up 
from the table and clasping her in his arms. Oh, 
well! He could wait until the butler should have 
left them for good. Lulie smiled with arch eyes 
at him, under lids raised significantly at the glass 
which he was lifting to his lips. He drained it with 
a laugh, however. To-night he would do as he 
liked about wine and everything else. 



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He lit a cigarette with the salad, and gave him 
self over to the delicious contemplation of Lulie s 
features and such of her figure as was visible. What 
white little hands she had! And what a piquant 
little nose! The champagne was doing its work- 
so were the many weeks of idleness, high living, 
and frivolity that he had spent in that circle which 
Parradym had called "the spindrift" of society, 
the spray blown by the winds of fortune from the 
crests of life s waves. 

Lulie had passed through several similar experi 
ences, not all of them pleasant. Her different vic 
tims had acted quite differently when she had re 
fused to pay the price of their adoration, and for 
that reason had deliberately broken the spell of 
her own enchantment. Some had meekly accepted 
their fate, others had become abusive, but all had 
taken the denouement as the anticlimax of a game 
where anticlimaxes were within the code. But 
with Tom Lulie realized it was somehow different 
and the realization terrified her, particularly as 
she saw his confidence growing under the influence 
of the champagne. 

She was not ready to let him go did not wish 
to break with him but her emotions were not 
ripe for anything else as yet. Wingate had been 
very good to her, more than forbearing. She knew 
she had treated him abominably. Tom was nothing 
but a boy! It was really only his passion for her 
that attracted her to him. Its strength she did not 
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have done with him as she liked. He would have 
jumped out of the window had she asked him to 
do so, and she could not bring herself to surrender 
the fascination of her power over him. She was 
ready neither to yield to him or to dismiss him, and 
being unwilling to do either she recognized that 
momentarily in spite of herself Tom might be 
come a factor in a situation which she could no 
longer control. So instead of leaving the table 
at the end of dinner she ordered coffee and liqueurs 
in the dining-room, and lingered on hoping to post 
pone until later what she now in terror recognized 
as the inevitable. When the moment arrived she 
did not know what she was going to do. If she 
could only delay it long enough, she told herself 
fatuously, something might happen. 

The butler had been sent away and still Lulie 
dallied on at the table, its mahogany top a safe 
barrier against Tom s ardor. He had been leaning 
on his elbows devouring her with his eyes while she, 
like Saharazade, talked against time. Suddenly he 
got up. 

"Why sit here?" he demanded suggestively. 
" Isn t there any better place?" 

Her heart fluttered in spite of herself. What 
was she going to do with her young Turk, now that 
he believed himself to be her master? Yet she 
had no logical excuse for sitting half the night at 
a dinner-table from which the dishes had not yet 
been removed. So Lulie slowly arose 

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claimed as if in surprise, although her wrist watch 
had kept her fully informed of the passing of the 
hours. "Why, it s after ten o clock !" 

She was on the point of finding an excuse for 
hinting that he should go home, but the absurdity 
of it was too apparent. No, Tom intended to bring 
things to a head, and if there were to be a scene it 
must not be in the open drawing-room. 

"You haven t seen my little library," she said, 
and she led him to the other end of the corridor, 
and threw open the door of a small room furnished 
entirely in rose. It was a boudoir rather than a 
library, although a small bookcase filled with de 
luxe volumes gave it a colorable claim to the latter 
designation. A thick carpet, a couple of upholstered 
chairs, a tabaret holding a gold box of cigarettes, 
an ornately gilded mirror, several lamps shaded 
in rose, and a divan with hangings of the prevailing 
color made up its inventory. The reflection of the 
lamplight upon the draperies and carpet gave 
heightened color to Lulie s cheeks, and made her 
seem as ravishing to Tom as a beautiful gypsy girl. 
It was the same effect as had been produced by the 
curtains in the hallway of the bachelor wing at 
" Beausejour " the first time he had held her in his 
arms. He recalled the scene vividly. 

Lulie struck a match and lighted the tip of a 
cone of incense that stood before a little jade god 
on the top of the bookcase, and a thin blue column 
of vapor rose tremulously toward the ceiling. A 
strange, Oriental odor floated through the room. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 385 

Lulie pushed the cigarettes toward Tom, lit one 
and threw herself at full length among the cushions 
of the divan. She felt curiously that fate had taken 
the game out of her hands that she was only a 
pawn. Her actions had become automatic. 

Tom closed the door. 

"Do you know when I last saw you look like 
that?" he inquired meaningly. 

She shook her head and let the smoke of her 
cigarette pour slowly from her delicate nostrils. 

"In the passage that night at Beausejour !" 

She smiled, and put one of her arms behind her 
head. 

"You were very bad that night !" 

"Not half so bad as I can be!" he informed her, 
sinking into a chair beside the divan. "Not half 
so bad as I m going to be!" 

"You mustn t talk that way!" she answered 
nervously. "You are going to behave yourself 
quite properly after this. In fact I am going to 
scold you a little for the way you have been acting 
the last few days. It really must stop." 

"Stop!" cried Tom. "Stop! Why, it s only 
begun!" 

He arose and seated himself on the divan beside 
her. The last cordial he had taken had made him 
a little dizzy or was it Lulie? The moment had 
come. He would know where he stood. She would 
have to choose between him and Wingate. He 
assured himself that he would gladly sell his im 
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386 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"Lulie !" he whispered, leaning over her, "Lulie ! " 
and tried to take her in his arms. 

All real desire to resist had gone from her, but 
temporizing still, she lifted the hand which held 
her cigarette above her head. 

"Look out!" she cried, laughing. "You ll be 
burned." 

"I m burnt to a crisp already !" he cried, dragging 
her to him and pressing his lips to her hair. 

Steps sounded in the hall outside, and there 
came a rap upon the door. 

"Excuse me, madam/ said the muffled voice of 
the butler, "but I have a telegram for Mr. Kelly." 

Tom swiftly extricated himself. 

"Curse Wertheim!" he cried, but he smoothed 
his hair and, opening the door, removed the yellow 
envelope from the salver in the man s hand. 

"Excuse me!" he muttered and ripped it open 
impatiently. At first he found difficulty in focussing 
his eyes, and he stepped over to one of the lamps. 
It did not bear Wertheim s name that was funny ! 
Suddenly his vision cleared. 

Your mother is dying. Come home. 

BRIDGET MALONE. 



XXX 

AT first he thought there must be some mistake, 
that the telegram could not have been meant for 
him. Who was Bridget Malone? The name was 
unfamiliar. And then much as if some huge, icy 
wave had dealt him a terrific blow and hurled him 
along gasping for air and staggering for a footing, 
the meaning of these six black words on this yellow 
sheet crashed down upon him, tearing at his brain 
with iron claws. 

His mother was dying. The telegram was from 
Bridget the cook. He had never known her last 
name. His mother was dying with only an ignorant 
Irish servant at her bedside where he should have 
been. She might already have passed away alone, 
neglected. He gave a half sob, half groan of anguish. 
Mother ! He saw her little figure lying there in 
the walnut bed, the old knitted shawl across her 
body, her patient face gazing toward the Madonna 
upon the wall. Again he groaned, hiccoughing 
forth meaningless words of love and remorse. He 
no longer knew where he was. He did not see Lulie, 
nor hear her voice asking him sharply what was 
the matter. He did not smell the incense or the 
cigarette smoke of that erotic atmosphere. 

Uttering great, shaking sobs, he groped his way 

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388 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

toward the door of the apartment. There was a 
train for Boston at eleven o clock he must catch it. 
He stumbled to the hallway, threw his overcoat over 
his arm, and put on his shiny tall hat. He had 
but fifteen minutes to catch the train. Slipping 
and half falling, he hurried down the stairs to the 
street. It was still raining, half an inch of slush 
covered the pavement. He had forgotten his over 
shoes and had on only his low-cut patent-leather 
pumps and orange-silk stockings. There was no 
time to wait for a street-car or to seek a cab. Sob 
bing and whimpering, he floundered forth and ran 
down the Avenue a ridiculous and painful figure 
at one instant splashing through a mud puddle, 
at the next clutching at a lamp-post to save himself 
from falling. Once opposite the Cathedral he 
did fall and his hat rolled in the gutter, but he 
fished it out and kept on with no thought but to 
catch the train. He began to sweat profusely while 
the cold rain soaked through his shirt front and 
ran down his body. His legs were drenched to 
above his knees. His breath came only in painful 
gaps. The policeman and ticket seller gazed at 
him strangely as he rushed to the window to buy 
his ticket, thinking him just another drunken col 
legian returning home after a debauch. It was 
fortunate that he had enough money. Then he 
drew on his overcoat and walked to the train, a 
garter dangling below his trouser leg and a gardenia 
drooping from his buttonhole. 
The thought of sleep was anathema. He pulled 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 389 

his hat down over his forehead, thrust his feet into 
the corner of the opposite seat, and stared fixedly 
at the windows as the train rattled through the 
night. Self-revelation had come to him. He saw 
himself as he was, and the sight filled him with 
loathing. Had it not been possible that his mother 
was still alive he would probably have thrown 
himself to his death between the wheels. 

It was inconceivable that his mother should be 
really dying. She was rarely ill; an unusually 
vigorous woman for her age. He tried to comfort 
himself with the idea that the telegram might be 
an overstatement of the situation due to panic on 
the part of Bridget the cook. Probably his mother 
had had an attack of indigestion or something and, 
being alone in the house with her, Bridget had be 
come hysterical. But she shouldn t have been 
there alone with her. He should have been there 
himself with his mother. It was unbelievable that 
such retribution should be visited upon him that 
the last and greatest of a long life of efTacements 
would occur without his having had a chance to 
explain to her! He had not meant to neglect her, 
he had merely wished to take advantage of his op 
portunities to make a career. Opportunities? For 
what ? Making a beast of himself ! A career ? As 
a cheap bounder, a hanger-on of wealthy people, 
a "pet cat," a parasite! Sitting there in the half 
darkness, he reviewed the various sordid episodes 
of the past six months, his low intrigue with Lulie, 
his mercenary affair with the Selbys, his humiliat- 



390 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

ing connection with Mrs. Jones, the whole disgust 
ing performance at Newport where he had posed 
as a sophisticated man of the world, and his dallying 
with debauchery during the last few weeks, while 
his mother had been gradually becoming more and 
more feeble, until now she was dying. He was 
rotten all through. A heartless, cold-blooded 
sycophant! And now he was being punished for 
it. His mother was being taken from him without 
his having even an opportunity to beg her forgive 
ness. He raised his hands involuntarily in the dim 
light, crying out his repentance to God: 

"Forgive me ! Forgive me ! Forgive me !" 

The colored porter peering from the vestibule 
of the car wondered at the strange sight of a di 
shevelled man in a dress suit and tall hat gesticulat 
ing and uttering unintelligible sounds. 

"Oh, mother! Mother! Forgive me!" the man 
kept repeating. "Oh, God! Forgive me !" 

At last, exhausted, his head fell against the corner 
of the seat and he slept. But his sleep was broken 
and fitful, until in the early dawn he fell into a 
profound slumber in which he dreamed that it was 
morning, and that the train had reached Boston. 

He hurried to the platform, hired a cab and drove 
to the house on Newbury Street. The sidewalks 
were deserted and the curtains were still down in 
all the windows of the neighboring houses. Sick 
with fear, he looked for the knob of the bell to see 
if there were crape upon it. There was none, but 
the bell-plate was iridescent from neglect, and the 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 391 

name "Kelly" almost black. He paid the driver, 
a somnolent night-hawk, and crossed the uneven 
red brick of the sidewalk. Well, at least he was 
in time. His mother was still alive ! Perhaps, after 
all, it was as he had hoped merely a case of panic. 
His sense of relief was unutterable. 

He sprang up the stone steps and almost joyfully 
entered the tiny vestibule, the door of which was 
ajar. And then his hand touched something soft 
but rough, and he drew back with a stifled cry, for 
on the knob of the door hung a long black flaunting 
horror the barbaric flag of death. 

He awoke with a shriek and found himself cower 
ing between the seats of the sleeping-car, with the 
New England autumn landscape sweeping smoothly 
by bathed in sunlight beneath a sky blue and peace 
ful as that of midsummer. 

" Thank God ! " he muttered. " Thank God ! " 

There was a stirring all along the berths as their 
occupants prepared to make their exits. Collarless 
men, clasping bundles of heterogeneous clothing to 
their bosoms, pushed their way along the aisle. 
The porter came by with an expectant brush, say 
ing " Boston in twenty minutes !" The train passed 
Blue Hill and Tom recognized the observatory; 
then it entered the nearer suburbs and presently 
was crossing the streets of the West End. He had 
turned his back upon the occupants of the car, 
realizing the spectacle which he presented, but he 
did not care. His only thought was to escape from 
the train as soon as possible. He must get home. 



392 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

Would he be in time or would his dream prove to 
be true? Dreams went by contraries, he told him 
self. But there was nothing upon which he could 
pin the hope that his mother was still alive except 
the vague impression that people didn t die quickly 
like that. It took quite a long time even if you 
were going to die, and so far there was no reason 
to suppose his mother actually was going to die. 

"Boston! Boston!" 

Stiff and lame, Tom turned up his coat collar, 
and left the car followed by many amused and 
significant glances. Among the line of awaiting 
cabbies, one seemed familiar to him, and, nodding 
to the man, he followed him to his blowzy hack 
and clambered inside. It was stuffy with a com 
bination of stale beer and damp rug. The man s 
head appeared in the window as he inquired the 
address, and in that instant Tom recognized him 
as the cabby in his dream the somnolent night- 
hawk there was no doubt of it. It was the same 
ramshackle cab, the same moth-eaten rug. An 
uncanny fear crept up his spine. Had he experi 
enced what he had heard Aunt Eliza call a "warn 
ing"? Had he lived over in his dream what he 
now was to experience in fact? Such things were 
of record. Was his mother already dead, then? 
They were rattling over the cobblestones without 
making much headway the action of the cab- 
horse appearing to be vertical rather than horizontal, 
and Tom opened the door and urged the man to 
go faster. He felt that he must get out and run. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 393 

They reached Boylston Street and then the Public 
Garden. He was almost there now. In his dream 
Newbury Street had been deserted, the curtains 
down. He scanned the windows apprehensively. 
Yes, it was so just like the dream. His heart 
sank. Tom stepped to the sidewalk and paid the 
man, without looking around. The cab was half 
a block away before he dared raise his eyes to the 
front door. It was ajar, but the stained bell-plate 
and the name "Kelly" were as he had dreamed 
them. He climbed up the steps with trembling 
knees and paused, unable to bring himself to look 
inside the vestibule. Inch by inch his glance stole 
along the door until it reached the handle. There 
was no crape there. His mother was alive! The 
reaction was intense. But in the midst of his relief 
came the sickening thought that fate might be 
fooling him just as it had fooled him in the dream. 
The dream had been all true so far, why not that 
too? Suspiciously he searched out every nook and 
cranny of the vestibule. No, there was no crape 
anywhere. Thus he stood shivering alternately 
with relief and fear on his own door-step, like a dis 
solute stranger after a prolonged debauch, with 
stained and disordered clothes, his hair hanging in 
strands across his forehead, his face gaunt, his eyes 
hollow and bloodshot ignorant whether his mother 
were alive or dead, and doubtful whether or not to 
ring the bell. And as he hesitated the knob rattled 
and Bridget Malone opened the door. 

She was dressed in a manner different from her 



394 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

usual one, and her hair was done in a strange way; 
and he instantly realized that her costume and get- 
up were in recognition of some new condition of 
affairs demanding greater formality. His fears 
returned. Bridget had not spoken to him, but her 
face wore a look of helpless sorrow. Tom tried to 
speak but only gave vent to a sort of cluck. Then 
he stammered in a thick tone: 

"Is she is she " he could not finish. 

Bridget shook her head. 

"Your mither is still alive," she answered stiffly. 
Then she gave a sob and cried out brokenly: 

"Oh, Tom! Tom! Don t go to her like that 
wid the marks of yer sin upon ye ! Don t go to her 
in yer shame ! Put on some of the ould clothes in 
the closet and go to her as she knew ye her own !" 

Thus for the first time did Tom know the full 
depths of his degradation. 

With swimming eyes he tiptoed up the stairs 
to the little back room, which had been his from 
the time that he was old enough to sleep alone until 
he had gone to college. He had always thought of 
it as ample and comfortable. It had always had 
the same straw carpet upon the floor, the same 
white iron bed with the wooden slats, the same 
pine wash-stand stained with intersecting rings 
left there by a couple of generations of tooth-mugs. 
There were no curtains and no pictures upon the 
walls, but it was clean. From the single window 
he could see the familiar chimney-pots of the houses 
on Commonwealth Avenue that he had watched 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 395 

from his bed every morning for nearly twenty 
years. It was all exactly the same, but now it 
seemed as small as a prison cell. Yet it had a quality 
of actuality, seemed bone of his bone and flesh of 
his flesh. To touch the iron bed was like touching 
his own foot. It was the nearest feeling he would 
ever have of belonging to the soil. Here he be 
longed. 

These thoughts flashed in a single impression 
across his mind as he entered and began to rum 
mage in the closet for a change of clothes. There 
was nothing there except the old high- water trousers 
and the jacket with the abbreviated sleeves that 
he had worn his freshman year at college, but, like 
the room, they seemed to be part of himself, and 
he dragged them forth, tore off his dress suit and 
put them on. If he could only discard his recent 
past as easily as he could cast off these trappings 
of his humiliation. If only by stepping out of these 
new clothes and donning the old he could rehabili 
tate his character! He could not shed the skin 
of degradation, yet this changing of his outer gar 
ments was the preliminary to a baptism of sorrow. 
He was ready now to go to his mother, leaving his 
shoes at the door of the temple. Racked by grief 
and bowed by self-abasement, he, nevertheless, as 
a consequence of this simple act which had somehow 
taken on a symbolic character, felt himself less 
contaminated, less defiled. As he descended the 
stairs he ran his left hand tenderly along the cheap 
pine balustrade. There on the painted wall beside 



396 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

him were the finger-prints his tiny hands had made 
as a child, too numerous to be eradicated. How 
many times he had seen his mother come out of 
the door below, at the foot of that flight of stairs, 
and heard her call up to him: "Tom, are you coming 
down to see mother!" He choked and the tears 
blinded him. He was going down to see mother 
probably for the last time. "Oh, God !" he moaned 
aloud, "Oh, God! Don t let mother die!" 

The door of her room was closed and a new fear 
seized him. Perhaps but he thrust his misgivings 
aside and turned the knob. He had expected to 
see what sometimes he had seen before his 
mother propped up in bed, surrounded by bottles 
and basins, looking desperately ill and giving 
evidences of much physical suffering. Usually 
on these rare occasions there were one or two old 
women rocking disconsolately in corners or offi 
ciously rendering ambiguous services Aunt Eliza 
or some of the cousins. The room had always 
been overheated and had smelled of alcohol, gruel, 
and medicines. 

Now for a moment he thought that he must be 
in the wrong room. It was bright with sunlight, 
and seemed almost empty. The air was cool and 
fresh. All the knickknacks and useless furniture 
had been removed. No cardboard remembrances 
dangled from the gas-jets. Somehow it frightened 
him to see the room so neat and bare as if its 
contents had been or were about to be "put away" 
forever. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 397 

A trained nurse in a stiffly starched dress arose 
from beside the bed and came toward him, holding 
a watch in her hand. She gave an almost imper 
ceptible nod, seeming to expect him. 

"I will leave you with her," she said simply, 
and went out. 

At first Tom did not recognize his mother. Could 
that be she that fragile figure among the pillows 
that wisp of thistle-down? Was that small, 
shrunken, brown face hers? Were those wrinkled 
cheeks the ones he had kissed as a little child? 
He took a step nearer. She was upon her back, 
her thin gray hair lying about her face, her eyes 
fixed upon some point above his head. Her breath 
came irregularly. He could hardly see any move 
ment of the coverlid. He sank beside the bed, 
sought and found her hand amid the sheets. 

"Mother!" he whispered, and all the repressed 
love of twenty years surged into his heart. " Mother ! 
I m here! Tom!" 

The delicate hand tightened upon his, but there 
came no change upon her face. She was looking 
at something across the room upon the wall, and 
her glance never wavered. He wondered that her 
eyelids did not flicker. 

"It s me Tom!" he repeated, throttling his 
grief. "Your boy!" 

He watched her face hungrily for some sign of 
recognition. What was she looking at with such 
patient intentness? Did she want something? 
No, her expression was too full of peace. His eyes 



398 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

followed hers, toward the same riffles of sunlight 
upon the ceiling that he had peered at as a child, 
dancing and melting into one another, to where, 
below, hung the picture of the Madonna holding 
the child in her arms, her great eyes, full of a sad 
and tender mystery, gazing down upon them. Over 
the door the red worsted motto enjoined him as 
of old to look and be saved. He turned back again 
to his mother s face. She was staring at the Ma 
donna as if waiting for her to do something step 
down out of the frame perhaps or to speak. Then 
presently as if she had seen what she expected to 
see, a little smile gathered around her lips and she 
closed her eyes with a tiny sigh of contentment. 

As if at an altar-rail, Tom continued to kneel and 
hold his mother s hand. He was numb with sorrow, 
overwhelmed and dumb in the presence of ap 
proaching death which had already drawn a cur 
tain between his mother and himself. He had 
come too late ! Retribution had fallen upon him. 

He could never repay the debt he owed her. 
She had given her life for him. Sleeping and waking 
for twenty years he had been her only thought, her 
only care. She had saved and slaved for him. 
And what had he done for her in return? He had 
been ashamed of her ! The brutal truth stared him 
in the face. He had thought of her as old-fashioned, 
fussy, ill-educated vulgar almost. He bit his lips 
and his eyes burned with hot tears. Could she 
ever have been young and pretty? He had thought 
her so, as a child. He remembered how firm and 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 399 

smooth and cool her face had been when she had 
come up to kiss him good night in the old days. 
Once she had been twenty like himself, full of strange 
stirrings and romantic dreams ! He winced as he 
recalled the girlish "pieces" she had played to him 
upon their jangling old upright piano. And some 
where in a dusty corner was a harp ! She had told 
him of "parties" and "sleigh-rides" that she had 
participated in as a young lady. Then she had 
fallen in love with his father, and in anguish had 
borne him Tom to be her idol, her joy the real 
ization of all her hopes and yearnings. Her uni 
verse had centred about him. And now she was 
dying! 

The little body beside him stirred uneasily and 
a flicker of discomfort passed over her face. Was 
she suffering? Should he call the nurse? Unut 
terable anguish possessed him. Still holding her 
hand, he rose upon one knee and leaned over the 
bed. Something was troubling her. Her lips moved 
noiselessly. Was she calling him? Was she at 
last conscious of his presence ? He prayed fervently 
that she was. The sunlight dimmed for a moment, 
then blazed forth again. At the same instant Tom 
experienced a sensation of there being some one 
else besides his mother in the room the nurse per 
haps. He looked over his shoulder but there was 
no one there. The nurse had not come back. His 
mother was twisting now from side to side rest 
lessly, impatiently, but not as if in pain. It was 
rather as if she wished to speak to some one, but 



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could not make herself heard. Once she lifted her 
head and turned it directly sideways. 

" Mother ! " moaned Tom. " Dear mother ! " 

But she gave no sign of having heard him. Pres 
ently she fell back into her former position with 
an expression of trust and confidence on her face 
like that of a happy child. 

" Mother ! " she murmured gently, as if speaking 
to some one beside the bed. 

She lay still after that for a long time, contented. 
Tom kneeled again. She had not released his hand, 
but he knew that it was not of him that she dreamed. 
She had done her duty by him, had given him her 
love, and now that she was going home it was her 
own dear mother of whom she thought, whose hand 
would lead her safely through the shadows. 

"Mother!" she sighed again. 

Suddenly she opened her eyes and lifted her 
head toward the Madonna, staring at her expec 
tantly for a second or two. And then her head fell 
back upon the pillow and she died. 

Tom was aroused by the touch of the nurse s 
hand upon his shoulder. 

"I must ask you to go away for a few minutes," 
she said. 

He arose stupidly. A hurdy-gurdy had begun 
playing "The Irish Washer-woman" half-way 
down the block. With a last look at his mother s 
face he turned to the door. It was over ! He had 
parted from her forever in this world. He was 
alone. Automatically he felt his way down-stairs 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 401 

to the kitchen. Bridget was sitting rigidly by the 
mixing-table in her best clothes. He noticed the 
tin match-box painted blue hanging from its nail 
by the clock the match-box in which Bridget 
had kept the crumbs to make him wise! Wise 
indeed ! She arose at his step and waited. 

"It s all over!" he whimpered, and threw him 
self down at the table, his head on his outstretched 
arms, sobbing violently. 

"I killed her!" he groaned harshly. "I killed 
her!" 

The old cook laid her hand on his head. 

"No, Tom!" she replied. "Ye did not kill yer 
mither! Do not accuse yourself of that. Ye neg 
lected her, tis thrue enough, but ye did not kill 
her. She would not like ye to say that ! Tis women s 
lot in this world to give and suffer and bear childer. 
Tis their pain and their joy as well. Ye cannot 
pay yer debt to yer mither, Tom, save to yer own 
childer, just as, mayhap, she paid her debt to her 
own mither with her love to you. There s not one 
of us, Tom, that doesn t owe everything he is to 
all them other mithers that has gone before us." 

He raised his head to her, the tears streaming 
down his face. 

"You re all the mother I ve got left, Bridget!" 
he said. 



XXXI 

TOM S mother was buried in Mt. Auburn Ceme 
tery on an Indian summer day with big cumulus 
clouds floating slowly across an expanse of peerless 
blue. He had lived through the intervening period 
in a sort of dream, a dream that had had something 
of delirium in it, for he had caught a severe cold on 
the train, and had been running a high temperature 
for several days. Just how he had got through these 
days he did not know. But they held many sur 
prises for him regarding his mother. 

At the funeral in St. Agnes s, the church was 
crowded with hundreds of people of every social 
grade who had respected and loved her, and who 
felt real pity for him now that she was gone. Many 
wrote him letters of sympathy which showed plainly 
how little he had really understood or appreciated 
her. Apparently she had supported, or at least 
assisted in supporting, dozens of worthy but in 
digent persons, including widows and aged clergy 
men, as well as girls and boys trying to secure an 
education. All this she had done out of an income 
so attenuated that it could hardly have paid the 
gas bill of one of Tom s recent friends. He read 
the letters in bitter contrition of spirit, for these 

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recipients of her charity had evidently valued her 
far more than had he. 

Yet alone he followed the little coffin up the 
aisle, and alone he followed it down again, with 
the words of St. Paul echoing in his ears and thrilling 
his heart. He had boasted of being a materialist, 
was, he still told himself, a materialist. But with 
the rolling of the organ, the mellow light filtering 
through the stained-glass windows, the scent of 
the flowers, and the rows of tender faces filling the 
church, he could not acknowledge that his mother 
was gone from him forever. Indeed, he felt, cu 
riously, as if she had never been so living before; 
for he saw her in a new aspect as she really had 
been, as she always would be to these hundreds of 
beneficiaries, old and young, a protectress of the 
poor and of the fatherless, beloved by them all 
despite her homely limitations of speech and manner. 
How trivial these now seemed to him ! That spirit 
of love that had manifested itself in his mother 
would never die. The little flower-covered shell 
that was being carried on ahead of him was not 
his mother, any more than the steel engraving of 
the Madonna in her room had been the real Ma 
donna. He could tear the picture up or burn it, 
but her eyes would remain forever looking down 
upon him, as he knew they were at that moment, 
in sweet compassion. There was no analogy in 
the thought, he knew perfectly well, but in a strange, 
mysterious, sad, yet half -happy way, the idea of 
immortality and of the eyes of the Madonna and 



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his mother were somehow, as he walked with bent 
head slowly down the aisle, all mixed up together. 
He didn t feel that his mother was dead at all. He 
thought of her now as he remembered her as a 
child, young, with brown hair and smooth cheeks, 
and with such loving eyes, eyes just like those of 
the Madonna in the picture. Tom no longer felt 
alone. He felt that his mother was nearer and 
dearer to him than ever before would always 
be so. In spite of himself, he had found her at 
last. 

There was only a handful of people at the grave 
to witness the laying to rest of the earthly part of 
the self-effacing woman who had never in her life 
been the recipient of so much attention as was 
being accorded to her now. It was a beautiful 
spot, overhung with willows and surrounded by 
golden oaks and scarlet and yellow maples. He 
noticed that there were some women there some 
of his mother s relatives, he supposed but they 
stood back upon the path and left him at the grave 
beside the clergyman, who briefly read the inter 
ment service. As the coffin was lowered Tom fully 
realized for the first time that his mother was ac 
tually gone, and he experienced a benumbing sense 
of his bereavement. He felt an almost uncontrol 
lable desire to throw himself upon the grave and 
cling passionately to the earth that was about to 
separate her from him. But his New England 
heredity restrained him, and tearless, yet with 
parched throat, he listened quietly until it was over. 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 405 

Well, his dear mother was at rest at last beside the 
only other man whom she had loved. 

"Thomas Kelly" his own name. Some day 
he, too, would be lying in a grassy plot beneath 
a similar marble stone, marked with these precise 
words; and perhaps still another Thomas Kelly 
would be gazing at it ! It gave him a strange feel 
ing as if the Thomas Kelly already there were in 
reality himself, or that, in some part at least, they 
two were the same person. He stared stupidly at 
the grave while these and a thousand other thoughts 
danced in his brain. Presently he was aware that 
the clergyman was extending his hand and ex 
pressing his sympathy. Tom took the hand and 
mumbled some perfunctory words of thanks in 
reply. Then the clergyman moved away and Tom 
was alone at his mother s grave. It was time for 
him to go and leave her, just as he had always been 
leaving her, only this time he would not find her 
waiting for him on his return. There would be 
only a mound of faded grass and a headstone, like 
the others marked "Caroline Maria Kelly." And 
this thought bred its converse, that now it was not 
he who was leaving her, but she who was leaving 
him. He would now suffer as he had made her 
suffer. Involuntarily he half stretched out his arms 
toward the grave, then he let them fall, and stood 
motionless. 

He stood thus a long time, so long that the few 
mourners, who had been present, silently departed, 
and the grave-diggers moved about uneasily among 



406 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

the neighboring tree trunks. He seemed to see his 
mother s eyes looking down upon him from some 
where, or were they those of the Madonna? Did 
every mother every woman have eyes like the 
Madonna s ? 

"Tom, dear Tom!" 

He felt a light touch upon his arm and discovered 
those same eyes full of infinite pity, gazing into 
his own. Evelyn s ! 

"Poor Tom! Dear Tom!" she whispered. On 
her own lashes hung tears of sympathy. He sought 
her hand and held it. 

After a little while she said softly: "You must 
come away. I know how hard it is, but you must 
come away." She moved back a few paces, and he 
sank on his knees beside the grave for the last time. 
Then he arose resolutely and crossed to where 
Evelyn stood with her father, and waved aside the 
hack which had been waiting. 

"May I walk along back with you?" he asked. 
"There s nobody at home now but Bridget." 

He smiled a pathetic smile. 

Silently they followed the grass-bordered paths 
of the cemetery until, at length, they came out 
upon Mt. Auburn Street and could see the River 
Charles winding among the autumnal reds and 
yellows of the salt marshes. A couple of gulls 
flickered high in the air, specks of gleaming white, 
and a cool, fresh breeze drew in from the unseen 
harbor. Along the road the big elms bent friendly 
heads, letting fall a scattering tribute to the coming 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 407 

frost. There was a bite in the air, the eager nip of 
the east wind that Tom had known as a boy, and 
he rilled his aching lungs with it in deep breaths. 
Countless times before had he walked along that 
very road. 

It seemed incredible that he could have been 
away, even more incredible than that his mother 
was dead. Both seemed incredible. Yet he knew 
that he would not find her on his return to the 
little house on Newbury Street, and he knew, in 
a way, that what now seemed to him like a strange, 
oppressive, noxious dream had been an actual 
experience, not in his own existence, but in that 
of another and different Thomas Kelly, as distinct 
as the Thomas Kelly lying behind there in the 
cemetery beside his mother. He felt physically 
weak and limp; all confidence had gone from him. 
He was like a child willing to be led, timid, dis 
trustful of its own ability to think or do for itself. 

The shadows were lengthening as they turned 
up Ash to Brattle Street. At the corner he bade 
them good night and with set teeth strode on alone 
staring straight ahead of him. His heart was like 
lead; his mind a gloomy cavern of regrets. So he 
stalked on through Harvard Square and down Cam 
bridge Street and out upon Harvard Bridge. 

One by one the lamps broke out against the 
brick sky-line of the Back Bay. He recalled those 
countless evenings when as a small boy he had 
lingered out beyond the time allowed, and had 
returned home to find his mother anxiously await- 



408 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

ing him. There would be no mother waiting for 
him now. The little home would be empty save 
for its crowded memories. There would not even 
be a light in the window. Must he go back to that 
silent house ? He bit his lips and hurried on. Yes, 
he must go back. It was but the beginning of his 
penance. 

It was dark when he reached the Beacon Street 
side of the bridge, and as he walked along he could 
look through the lighted windows into comfortable 
"reception-rooms," "libraries," or "front parlors," 
where by shaded lamps sat men and women, girls 
and boys. In some of them he could see the fire 
light flickering upon the walls. Bitterly he turned 
away that he might not see the happiness of those 
inside. If he had been kinder to his mother perhaps 
she might have still been waiting for him beside 
just such a fire ! That was the thought that pur 
sued him and crushed his heart. 

As he neared the house he could hardly persuade 
his feet to enter. To open the door would be like 
entering his mother s tomb. For a fleeting moment 
he had a vague idea of taking the midnight train 
back to New York, but the thought revolted him. 
He was through with all that at any rate ! He had 
shaken the dust from his feet. The prodigal had 
returned too late perhaps but still he had re 
turned to his own to his inheritance, whatever it 
was. This was his home, shabby, prosaic, but still 
his home where he belonged. 

Automatically he followed the curbing around 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 409 

the front grass plot that led to the steps. They 
seemed to him higher than when he had climbed 
them as a boy. In the lane of sky between the 
roofs hung a little crescent moon, the same little 
moon he had used to see when lying in his mother s 
arms. He did not feel a day older than when he 
had thus lain there so happily. Poor mother! 
Then with an effort he gathered himself together. 
He could read the name "Kelly" quite plainly 
by the light of the street-lamp. His name "Kelly " ! 
That was he "Kelly." This was his house, his 
place, his earth. "You are now Kelly," the plate 
seemed to say to him. "Here is where you belong. 
Here you are exactly what you are and nothing 
else. No pretense will avail you !" 

He pulled the bell, just as his father had done 
so many thousands of times before him, and heard 
its faint jangle in the distant recesses of the kitchen. 
Again he felt that it would be impossible for him 
to enter that silent, empty house. He would go 
to a hotel anywhere, and return in the morning. 
But the door was almost immediately opened by 
Bridget. 

"There s a gintleman waitin for ye, Tom," she 
said expectantly. "He was on the steps whin I 
come home." 

"A gentleman!" repeated Tom, astounded. 

"He s from Noo York, he says," the old cook 
answered. "A frind, he says, and that it will be 
all right. So I lighted the gas fer him in the 
parlor!" 



410 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

There was a strange derby hat lying upon the 
walnut rack and an unaccustomed silk umbrella 
in the stand. Tom hurried up the narrow stairs, 
mechanically avoiding the pie-shaped trap on the 
landing (which had been the cause of Mrs. Trollop s 
debacle), and entered the parlor. 

Parradym rose to greet him. 

"Oh, Parry!" cried Tom, and then he choked. 
It was kind of the old boy to come all the way on 
to Boston. 

"I only heard this morning," he explained, taking 
Tom s hand, "or I should have come before. I 
thought you might be a bit lonely and that if I 
could be of any help 

Tom perceived that there were tears in the old 
bachelor s eyes. Good old Parradym! How he 
had misjudged him ! Hardly conscious of his act, 
Tom put both arms around his friend and laid his 
head on his shoulder. 

"Oh, Parry!" he repeated over and over again. 
"Why did I ever leave her?" 

The older man patted him on the head. 

"I did the same thing. Every man does. And 
some day each of us drinks the waters of repentance 
just as you are doing now. You re not the only 
man, Tom, that has neglected somebody who loved 
you even if that is small consolation. You ll pay 
your debt to her to some one else, your debt of 
honor." 

As Tom made ready for supper it occurred to him 
that only a few people a dozen or so friends like 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 411 

Allyn knew the real Parradym. The rest of the 
world accepted the old fellow for a selfish parasite, 
not suspecting that that bland, noncommittal ex 
terior concealed a generous, kindly, sympathetic 
nature. There weren t many men who would do 
that kind of thing for a friend ! How easy it would 
have been for Parry to have sent him a telegram 
and let it go at that. Yet he had not waited, had 
come on the impulse to stand by a lonely boy to 
whom he owed nothing and from whom he could 
expect nothing in return. 

In the Kelly dining-room at the old black walnut 
table, surrounded by the dying stags upon the 
walls, Parradym and Tom ate supper together, 
waited on by faithful Bridget. It was the same 
sort of supper that Tom had always eaten in that 
room, and it brought back to him vividly his moth 
er s absence. He had never before sat there without 
her. Cold meat, baked potatoes, sliced bread, cake, 
apple sauce, and cocoa, even the "animal crackers," 
from the remote corner of the biscuit-box, were 
there in their particular plate. 

"Animal crackers!" murmured Parradym, "I 
haven t had one for twenty years !" and he helped 
himself to a hippopotamus with as much gratifica 
tion as was proper under the circumstances. 

Before the end of the meal Tom had persuaded 
Parradym to stay on with him at least for the pres 
ent, for the thought of continuing to live there in 
the house, alone save for Bridget, was intolerable, 
and accordingly a messenger boy was despatched 



412 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

to the station for the bachelor s hand-luggage. Then 
before the sea-coal fire in the library, where Tom had 
sat every evening at his lessons when a boy, the two 
smoked and talked. Every corner of the room held 
some recollection for Tom. There stood the gro 
tesque statuette of Daniel Webster against which 
at the age of four he had fallen and bruised his eye; 
here was the very spot on the table where his father 
had accidentally burned the green baize cloth with 
his cigar. There was the old clam-shell ash-receiver 
with the two black comic figures done in silhouette; 
here the mouse-hole once inhabited by a small 
rodent addicted to the delectable binding of the 
Encyclopedia Britannica. 

Parradym examined the rows of books with 
critical interest. 

"Your father must have been a bookish man, 
Tom," he said at length. "I haven t seen as well 
selected a lot of volumes in some time. I fancy 
you haven t either. I m sure old Selby didn t have 
any weakness for Walter Pater, at any rate he didn t 
disclose it to me. I wouldn t exchange my own 
taste for books for anything else in life. I should 
say you had a pretty fine heritage." 

Tom shook his head dejectedly. 

"I sold my birthright for a mess of pottage," 
he answered. "I m just a rotter. I don t think 
my mother suspected it though, that s one com 
fort. But you know it and I know it, everybody 
else knows it. And nothing I can do now can ever 
make up for what I ve done !" 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 413 

Parradym did not laugh or even smile, but laid 
his hand affectionately on Tom s knee and said: 

"I know how you feel. I don t blame you. I 
shouldn t think half as much of you if you didn t. 
But you re all wrong, lad! To me you re nothing 
more than a child, a child who s taken a fall or two 
in learning to walk, and who hasn t entirely learned 
how to walk yet. Life s all before you ! If only I 
were twenty-two again! How I envy you! Envy 
your sorrows, your disappointments, your failures 
as well as your joys, your achievements, your suc 
cesses. Envy you the love of the girl who will some 
day help you to pay the debt you owe to your mother 
and to the rest of mankind, and make you the home 
I haven t got." 

He shrugged his shoulders. 

"If you were my age, you young jackanape, you 

might have some excuse to grumble, but at yours 
{ 

"But " expostulated Tom, "do you think any 
decent girl would marry me if she knew what a 
cad I d been?" 

Then Parradym smiled. 



XXXII 

OLD Squire Mason s law office was at the top of 
a dark and winding flight of stairs in Barrister s 
Hall. Tom had been there as a child with his father 
and had dim recollections of bookcases with glass 
doors lined with green silk, a little bronze paper 
weight in the shape of a horse, and a very old man 
with a parchment-like face behind a pair of horn 
rimmed spectacles. The morning that he went to 
Barrister s Hall to ascertain the extent of his mother s 
estate he found nothing changed in the fifteen years 
since he had last visited the lawyer s office. Squire 
Mason was sitting now just where he had been 
sitting then, his nose buried in a pile of papers. 

"Oh come in!" he wheezed, squinting at Tom. 
"Tom Kelly? Of course. Sit down. About your 
mother s will, I assume?" 

"Yes, sir," answered Tom, feeling like a very 
small boy, and hardly daring to sit down, which 
he finally did in a corner. 

Squire Mason removed and wiped his spectacles 
and then unfolded a foolscap paper which he re 
moved from a pile of similar papers surrounded by 
a piece of broad green tape. 

"Your mother was a very remarkable woman!" 

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THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 415 

he announced suddenly and rather severely. "I 
never understood how she managed to get along on 
her income. Under your father s will she had a 
perfect right to spend the principal of the trust he 
created for her, but she never would. On the con 
trary, she not only gave away a great deal but man 
aged to save quite a little sum." 

"I hope she had everything she wanted," said 
Tom in reply. 

"Her only thought was for you" answered the 
old lawyer. "She didn t need much for herself, 
and she wanted less. All she wished was to keep 
a home for you and give you the best education 
she could. I hope you deserved it." 

"I didn t!" Tom confessed. "I didn t appre 
ciate her." 

"Urn!" remarked Squire Mason, looking side 
ways at Tom and seeming to take slightly more 
interest in him, for he added in a kindlier tone: 
"You could hardly be expected to appreciate fully 
all the sacrifices she made for you at your age. 
I shall not offer her will for probate for you are 
her only heir at law and next of kin, and your father s 
will is, of course, already a matter of record. She 
left you everything she had saved a little over 
three thousand dollars." 

He turned squarely at Tom. 

"Now, don t make a fool of yourself and throw 
this money away ! " he said gruffly. 

Tom let his eyes fall before Squire Mason s search 
ing gaze. 



416 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"The money is mine?" he asked hesitatingly. 
"To do exactly as I want to with?" 

"Certainly of course it is." 

"And you are my lawyer just as you were 
hers?" asked Tom. 

"Why, yes, I suppose so." 

Squire Mason pushed his spectacles up over his 
forehead and peered curiously at the lad from be 
neath them. 

"Then," announced Tom, "as my lawyer I want 
you to send a check for three thousand dollars to 
Joseph Wertheim, of the firm of Wertheim & Wert- 
heim, at the Waldorf Astoria, New York." 

Squire Mason s face grew grim. 

"Been gambling?" 

His jaws closed with a snap. Tom nodded. 

"Yes, but not exactly the way you think. It s 
an account I think my mother would want me to 
wipe off," he said quietly. 

During the next few days Tom passed many 
sad and lonely hours going over the contents of 
the Newbury Street house, deciding what he should 
destroy or give away, and what he should keep. 
Parradym, appreciating that this was a task which 
no one could do for his friend, absented himself 
on long walks, leaving Tom to perform those duties 
which took on almost the character of sacred rights. 
There was his mother s little wooden desk, for in 
stance. For a long time he could not bring him 
self to touch it, full as he knew it to be of tokens of 
her care and affection. Yet, at last, one bright 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 417 

morning after Parradym had gone out, he entered 
his mother s bedroom, and under the eyes of the 
steel-engraved Madonna, unlocked the desk and 
one by one pulled out the drawers. His eyes filled 
with tears of contrition as he discovered in neat 
little packages every letter that he had ever written 
to her, beginning with one in his fourth year ad 
dressed "Darling mummer" and signed "Tom" 
with a tiny "t" and a very big "m" that trailed 
off in zigzags down the page. Again and again as 
he came upon the evidences of her love the little 
keepsakes he had given her, his first little pair of 
white kid shoes, his childish "knitting" done through 
a spool, a marble or two (perhaps the very ones his 
father had picked up the day of his birth), a small 
rubber doll, he laid his head down upon his arms, 
and gave way utterly to his grief. 

When it was accomplished he left the chamber 
with a new realization of the sacred character of 
his mother s devotion. He perceived the real depth 
of her instinctive religious feeling, however illogical 
and petty some of its outward expressions might 
have been the truth of her homely, oft-repeated 
phrase that she would rather have him "good" 
than "great." Grimly he told himself that he 
would never be either, and yet, nevertheless, 
already felt himself stronger for her unseen in 
fluence. 

As he raised his eyes to those of the Madonna 
above his head, before crossing the threshold for the 
last time, he caught sight of the old worsted motto 



418 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

bearing the well-remembered legend of "Look unto 
me and be ye saved." How often as a child, as 
a boy, and later as a man he had asked himself 
what there was to be saved from. Now he knew. 
His mother s death had taught him the depth of 
her self-sacrifice, had saved him from the complete 
consequences of his own selfishness. Again there 
came to him the thought that had hovered in his 
brain that feverish morning four years before as 
he lay in bed after his episode with Peters, that 
some people were perhaps saved by music, and 
some by the thought of their mothers, and some by 
the love of Jesus Christ, and that after all perhaps 
it was all a part of the same thing. He had been 
saved, he knew that; and he knew also that it was 
by her love alone that he had been saved, a love 
that was nothing less than divine, the love that is 
the gift of the Madonna to all mothers and is the 
salvation of men. 

" That was my room ! " said Tom, pointing out 
to Parradym the entry of Thayer s Hall, upon the 
steps of which he had loitered during so many com 
paratively recent hours. "Those two windows on 
the left." 

A lank youth was sitting upon the cushioned 
sill, his legs propped against the wall, smoking a 
long meerschaum pipe. He had a book upon his 
knees, but his gaze was concentrated upon a couple 
of very busy gray squirrels who were scampering 
around the grass under the nearest elm. Tom felt 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 419 

a pang of jealousy at the sight of this other chap 
who now occupied the room where he had frittered 
away his time in idle ease. They had walked out 
one afternoon from Boston, for Parradym was also, 
a Harvard man and had expressed a desire to re 
visit the scenes of his youth. 

"Wonderful period college life!" sighed Par 
radym. 

"I wish I thought so," replied Tom sincerely. 
"I know that I got precious little out of it. First 
I was sore because I thought I was left out of every 
thing, and didn t have sense enough to know that 
the reason was because I ought to have been left 
out. Then I got in by accident and it went to 
my head. If I hadn t got in I might have dis 
covered what it was that kept me out and taken 
pains to change." 

Parradym chuckled : 

"Well, you seem to have found out!" he said 
good-naturedly. 

"At a price!" 

"It s a lesson well worth the cost, isn t it?" 

Tom uttered an expression of disgust. 

"When I think of the opportunities I chucked 
away " 

" My dear boy ! That s precisely what you came 
here for, wasn t it? You ve learned that they 
were opportunities. You can t expect to learn 
everything out of books! Some people claim that 
you can t learn anything out of them. The op 
portunities are still yours. You haven t even begun 



420 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

to get ready for the battle of life. By the way, 
what are you going to do, anyhow?" 

They had crossed Harvard Street and could see 
Dane Hall, the building devoted to the Harvard 
Law School. 

"I don t know," answered Tom slowly. "I 
don t feel as if I were good for anything. I haven t 
said much about it, but, frankly, it makes me sick 
to think of myself!" 

"Come! Come!" retorted Parradym almost 
angrily. "That s no way to talk. What do you 
suppose your mother would want you to be?" 

"A lawyer like my father," admitted Tom. 

"Well?" hazarded Parradym. 

At that moment the tall form of Professor Russell 
appeared swinging across from Jarvis Field, and as 
he approached he waved at them. 

"Hello!" he called. "We were speaking of you 
only to-day. Are you thinking of entering the law 
school this autumn? If you are, you ought to 
register." 

Tom presented Parradym and the three strolled 
along Harvard School together. 

"Kelly has an idea that he fooled so much at 
college that he isn t fit to undertake a serious job 
like studying law," suggested the bachelor. 

"Rot!" replied Russell. "There s a curious 
thing we all notice out here, and that is that once 
a man enters a professional school he sloughs off 
all the foolishness that characterized him in college 
and gets right down to business. In fact the chaps 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 421 

that were the laziest in college often make the 
hardest grinds afterward particularly in the law 
school. Perhaps it s because they re not all worked 
out before they get there. Everybody works. If 
I had a son I believe I d send him there just as a 
piece of mental discipline. I don t know a surer 
index of ability than to get an " A " at the law school 
over there. 

"Besides, if a fellow hasn t done his best perhaps 
he ought to try and show that he s got the stuff 
in him after all," added the philosopher. 

"Come and see us soon!" said Russell. "I ve 
got a lecture." He nodded and turned down a 
path while Tom and Parradym continued on. 

"Wonderful face that fellow has!" remarked 
Parradym, looking after him. 

"If I had only had sense enough to appreciate 
what he told me in my freshman year I wouldn t 
have been the fool I have," admitted Tom. 

"Don t be too hard on yourself," commented 
Parradym. "Experience is the best and, generally, 
the only teacher. You re not so different from other 
fellows of your age." 

The afternoon sun had turned the yellow leaves 
of the elms about Memorial Hall to glittering gold 
as they mounted the steps and entered the cool 
and shadowy transept. On every side Tom could 
read inscribed in marble the names of the Harvard 
men who had died for the cause of Liberty in 1861. 
How many times he had hurried by unthinkingly 
in his early college days ! The names had seemed 



422 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

then only a part of the mural decorations of the 
great refectory. Now they had a deep significance. 
These men had paid their "debt of honor 77 with 
their youth, had unhesitatingly thrown away their 
lives to perpetuate the ideals of the college that 
they loved. Silent, he removed his hat and Par- 
radym did the same. 

"For us!" murmured Parradym. 

They climbed into the gallery and looked down 
upon the silent hall with its row upon row of empty 
tables, deserted save for a solitary scrub-woman. 
Through the great windows poured the autumn 
sunlight, softening the features of those other Har 
vard men whose portraits hung upon the walls, 
uniformed officers of the Revolution and the Civil 
War, judges in their robes of office, high-stocked 
dignitaries of an olden time, students, professors, 
former presidents of the college sober, stern, solemn 
most of them but worthy sons of a great mother. 

"A fine lot," said Parradym. "They believed 
in something, and they lived up to their belief." 

They slowly retraced their steps across the Yard 
past Holworthy Hall, Hollis, Stoughton, and Mas 
sachusetts, and in the square they separated, Par 
radym to walk back to Boston, and Tom to look 
for Francis True whom he had not seen since the 
spring. He did not know where his friend was now 
living, but opposite his name in the college catalogue 
was a near-by address upon Brattle Street with the 
information that he was studying music in the 
graduate school. Tom found the number upon a 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 423 

white gate in front of an old colonial house with 
drawn from the street at the end of a leaf-strewn 
lawn, and as he approached the half-open door 
he could hear the sound of a piano. In the plain 
tive, fluttering notes he recognized Nevin s "Au 
tumn " one of Frank s favorite pieces. It was 
played so wistfully that Tom wondered. Frank 
had always been gladness personified. The piano 
stopped and Tom stepped across the threshold. 

"Oh Frank! "he called. 

There was a sound of awkward footsteps and a 
door opened above. 

"Hello! Who is it?" came Frank s voice. 

"Me! Tom Kelly!" 

Frank gave a cry of delight. 

"Come up! Come up!" he shouted, "I m ter 
ribly glad to see you !" 

Tom leaped up the stairs and grabbed his friend s 
hand. 

"You ve moved you old sinner!" he said. "I 
had to look you up in the catalogue!" 

"Yes," answered Frank. "I m taking an ad 
vanced course in music. It s what I really care 
for, you know. I haven t much else." 

He smiled faintly. 

Tom looked at him quickly. The words had been 
uttered quite unconsciously, were not a bid for 
sympathy, but for Tom they unexpectedly opened 
wide the doors of hope, doors which he believed to 
be tightly locked. He did not, however, imme 
diately follow the lead thus given. He had to ad- 



424 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

just himself to this new idea that Frank had 
nothing but his music. He had always supposed 
that Frank would some day marry Evelyn. Cer 
tainly she had always shown him the greatest favor. 
There was no doubt about their friendship, and 
then that night Class Day There was some 
thing he evidently did not understand. By and 
by he came back to it. 

"But Frank," he said, "aren t you going to 
marry Evelyn?" 

Frank stopped in the act of poking the fire and 
looked at Tom with a half-surprised expression. 

"No," he replied simply. "She doesn t care for 
me in that way." 

"But, Frank!" expostulated Tom, "surely you 
you " 

" Oh, the trouble isn t with me ! " answered Frank 
in matter-of-fact tones. "She simply doesn t love 
me, that s all. Besides, I should never ask her, I 
couldn t ask her to marry me with my deformity 
even if she loved me, which she doesn t." 

It was the first reference he had ever made to 
Tom concerning his infirmity, and the last. 

He looked out of the window for a moment at 
the sunlight checkered rustling leaves, then turned 
to Tom with a smile: 

"You re the only one she s ever cared about, old 
fellow. Ask her and see for yourself." 

Such generous loyalty, in contrast to his own 
former attitude, made Tom ashamed. 

"You re a brick, Frank!" he exclaimed impul- 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 425 

sively. "Perhaps you re mistaken. Are you 
sure?" 

"She doesn t love me," Frank repeated. "That s 
all there is to it. Now, Tom, go to it with my 
blessing." 

He laughed cheerfully and made a gesture of 
benediction. 

"I m not fit to ask her," answered Tom, hanging 
his head. 

"Nobody is!" said Frank. "By the way, where 
are you going to live this winter?" 

"I don t know," answered Tom. "I can t stay 
in the Newbury Street house all alone." 

Frank turned to him eagerly. 

"See here, Tom!" he cried. "Why don t you 
come and hang out with me here? I ve got an extra 
bedroom, and there aren t any other roomers. We 
could have things all to ourselves. It would be 
simply bully if you would. And and Tom ! I m 
lonely!" 

Tom put his arm about Frank s shoulders. Since 
his mother s death he was easily moved. 

"So am I, Frank!" he said. "If you can stand 
me, I ll come with pleasure! When shall it be? 
Next week?" 

"The sooner the better!" exclaimed Frank. 

"Next week, then! And Bridget shall come 
along and take care of us !" exclaimed Tom. "And 
now I ve got to beat it! Hello! It s nearly five 
o clock! I m afraid I ll be late to my appoint 
ment!" 



426 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

The fictional appointment was the offspring of 
Frank s unexpected disclosure about Evelyn. Up 
to that moment the consciousness of his regenera 
tion had merely mitigated the loathing which he 
entertained for his past conduct and encouraged 
him to feel that so far as the present was concerned 
he might look his fellow men in the face. He had 
been yanked back from the edge of the cliff, pulled 
together and set on his feet. So far, he had been 
simply like a drugged person resuscitated and 
brought to his senses. But now he felt the leap 
of the blood in his veins and knew he was really 
alive again, and the song of the birds was sweet in 
his ears and the sunlit air filled him with a joyous 
intoxication. Life held something to live for. The 
greatest prize of all might still be his, unless, for 
sooth, he deliberately tossed it aside as he had be 
fore. Blind bat that he had been! What were 
Lulie and Pauline he squirmed internally beside 
her? He mustn t lose a minute in making up the 
time he had lost. His heart knocked almost as 
loudly against his ribs as did his knuckles upon the 
door of the little house on Appian Way. 

"Come in!" 

Evelyn was sitting alone by the window in the 
miniature library, sewing. She looked exactly as 
she had the first night he had seen her there in his 
freshman year, only a shade more mature per 
haps. Had she heard anything ? Had some officious 
friend casually dropped any calculated innuendoes 
about his affairs of the past summer ? In any case, 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 427 

she should know him for exactly what he was. He 
would keep back nothing. She looked up, smiling 
as he entered, and held out her hand. 

"Hello, Tom! Awfully glad to see you. Dad s 
out. Of course, come in just the same. You might 
even have a pipe." 

Tom started to raise her hand to his lips, then 
changed his mind and pressed it instead. 

"Thanks," he answered awkwardly, perceiving 
that his task was going to be no easy one. "I didn t 
come to see your father. I came to see you." 

"That s good," she laughed. "Well, here I am, 
just where I ve always been." 

He looked quickly at her to see if the remark 
held any particular significance for him, but ap 
parently she had not so intended. He sat down in 
the old leather chair and gazed at her helplessly. 
What a delightful picture she made with her head 
bowed over her work ! How utterly different she 
was from the girls he had known at Newport ! But 
it was very difficult to tell her so. Several minutes 
they sat thus in silence, save for the snapping of 
the coal in the fireplace and the heavy breathing 
of the old collie on the rag rug in front of it. Then 
Evelyn raised her eyes and laid her sewing in her 
lap. 

"Well, Tom," she said, "it s nice to have you 
back with us again." 

He tried to speak, stammered and gave it up. 
While she might not think such a terrible lot of 
him, nevertheless, she had no idea what a cad he 



428 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

had been. He had her good-will at any rate, and 
it was hard to utter the words which might alter 
it to disgust. He shook his head mutely and his 
lids dropped as if made of lead, heavy as his heart. 
He was thinking of his last interview with Lulie 
and the recollection of it was like a bad taste in his 
mouth. Could he ask a decent girl to care for him 
after the way he had demeaned himself? And 
Pauline! He sat there stultified with abasement. 
Perhaps it was just as well for his character that 
the excuses of inexperience, youth, and loneliness 
did not suggest themselves to him. He felt only 
his degradation. And now that he realized that 
he had never really cared for any one but Evelyn 
that what he had taken for or was willing to 
accept as a substitute for love had been nothing 
but the imaginings of a brain poisoned by the at 
mosphere in which he had been thrown it seemed 
incredible that he could have ever allowed her sweet 
image to have been effaced from his mind. He made 
a disconsolate picture as he sat there struggling 
with his desire to tell her everything and beg for 
her forgiveness and his reluctance to destroy her 
confidence in him. 

Evelyn saw how troubled he was and made an 
effort to put him at ease. 

"Poor Tom!" she said gently. "How hard it 
has all been for you !" 

He groaned and covered his face with his hands. 

"Oh, Evelyn! If you only knew what a beast 
I ve been, you might never speak to me again !" 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 429 

"Why, Tom!" she protested. "How can you 
say such a thing!" 

"Listen!" he burst out suddenly through his 
teeth. "You don t know me. I m an entirely 
different sort of chap from what you think. I ve 
been a miserable, low-down cad!" 

She raised troubled brows to him over her sew 
ing. 

"Oh, Tom!" she answered. "You have been 
so brave. I m sure you do yourself an injustice." 

"No!" he insisted, now ready for the plunge. 
"I ve been a wretched coward, a reckless fool, 
and and worse! I ve got to tell you, Evelyn! 
Don t stop me ! I couldn t go on living unless you 
knew!" 

She turned her face again to her work, and there 
was a slight flush above her collar and around the 
roots of her hair. 

"What I m going to tell you may seem strange 
after the way I acted on Class Day!" he hur 
ried on shamefacedly. "I don t know what pos 
sessed me that night. I hope you have forgiven 
me!" 

She smiled, and her smile was everywhere at 
once, in her eyes, her dimple, and her hair. 

"Are you taking back what you said?" she in 
quired innocently. 

"No," he replied. "I m merely asking you to 
let me have a chance before you give me an an 



swer." 



"You didn t deserve any answer then!" she 



430 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

replied, looking away from him. "You didn t 
know me any more than you say I know you. 
To you I was just a pencil sketch of a girl in pink 
ribbons with a pair of black eyes, a violin-case, and 
a collie dog!" 

A look of appreciation broke over his face. 

"It s rather a queer thing to say," he admitted 
slowly, "but, Evelyn, I really believe you re right! 
I never got below the surface of anything even 
you ! I was a sort of original Peter Bell to whom 
a primrose on the river s brim was just a primrose 
and nothing else. Somehow, I think you know me 
better than I supposed ! " 

His laugh was rueful, but it was a laugh none 
the less. 

"Anyhow, it s all right as long as you can laugh 
about it," she consoled him. "I think a laugh 
on oneself," her voice lowered, "is the best evi 
dence of a clear conscience. So to that extent 
you re all right." 

Another silence followed, comfortable; without 
constraint. Then Tom said: 

"Some day I m going to put that question to 
you again and insist on an answer. But I couldn t 
do it unless I made a clean breast of everything. 
I ve got to begin all over again, and I ve come to 
ask you to help me. I thought that what was be 
tween us wasn t the thing to tell a girl. It wasn t 
to the pink-ribbon violin-case kind. But it s 
different with you, Evelyn. Somehow, I feel as if 
I couldn t hide anything from you anyway. So 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 431 

here goes. I m going to get the whole rotten busi 
ness off my chest!" 

"Have you so much to say to me?" she asked, 
a note of timidity in her voice. 

"Indeed I have!" he retorted passionately. He 
had made up his mind to bare his soul to her, to 
leave nothing unconfessed, to start clean and fair. 
"But I want to say something at the start, not by 
way of defense but of explanation. You see, I never 
had anything definite to steer by. I couldn t stand 
the old-fashioned kind of religion that my mother 
taught me. It didn t ring true to me. And no 
body offered me a satisfactory substitute. So 
I ve just drifted along any old way. I ve been 
weak and silly, a conceited ass without anything 
to be conceited about, and, because I thought you 
cared for some one else, I just let myself go " 

"You mean Frank?" she asked. 

"Yes. I always supposed you were in love with 
him." 

She shook her head. 

"He s a dear friend, but I ve never loved him," 
she said, looking frankly at Tom. 

"If I d only known that," he sighed, "every 
thing would have been different. But I didn t! 
Oh, Evelyn ! I don t know how to begin, but I ve 
come to tell you the whole story and I m going 
through with it; that is, if you ll let me?" he added 
submissively. 

She did not refuse. Her curiosity would have 
impelled acquiescence in his request, if nothing else. 



432 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

But there was something else of which she had 
always been conscious from their first accidental 
meeting in the Yard, the something else that no 
science or philosophy can explain. 

"I am listening, Tom," she said half to herself. 

He pulled his chair nearer to her and, with his 
eyes fixed intently on her face, brokenly made his 
confession. Doggedly he recited his ignominious 
experience at Newport, including every detail of 
his affairs with Lulie and Pauline, every low and 
mercenary thought that he had entertained, every 
callous neglect of his mother. It was a crude a 
preposterous an extraordinary performance. And 
it was a hard position for a girl to find herself in. 
Gradually Tom s face grew drawn, almost haggard. 
But he went stubbornly on until there was nothing 
left to tell, and when it was over he wiped the beads 
of perspiration from his forehead with his fingers, 
closed his eyes, and gave a great, shuddering sigh 
of relief. 

He was thankful to her for letting him sit there, 
motionless, head thrown back, as long as he liked. 
Presently he opened his eyes, got up, and stood 
before her. 

"Now I m ready to begin to try to make good," 
he said. As he spoke, he saw her move a fraction of 
an inch in his direction, saw her breast rise and 
fall a little quicker for the quickening of her breath. 
Could Frank s assurance that Evelyn cared for 
him possibly be true? This was no time to ask 
her, anyhow, just after he had told her all about 



THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 433 

himself shown himself up for a whited sepulchre. 
She was simply disgusted with him, probably. 

"Will you help me?" he asked. 

She rose to her feet and he took her hand. To 
his surprise, he felt that she was trembling. 

"Of course!" she said, looking him full in the 
face. "Tom ! You re not a coward, you re a brave 
boy!" 

He shook his head impatiently. 

"No," he protested, "I m not. I had to tell 
you, don t you see? There wouldn t have been 
any use trying to be different unless you knew 
I was different." 

He still held her hand. She had not drawn it 
away, and he could see a mist gathering in her eyes. 
A strange, wonderful, ecstatic feeling pervaded 
him almost made him dizzy. He too was trem 
bling. He lifted her hand and kissed it. 

"If it wasn t for you dear," he whispered, "I 
couldn t try. There d be nothing to make it worth 
while. But if if some day after I ve left the 
law school after I ve made good there d be a 
chance ever so small of your saying yes to 
that question I asked you then, why then " 

He stopped amazed, for her lips were quivering 
and the flush in her cheeks had deepened to a man 
tle of dark red. 

"Then?" she smiled through tear-hung lashes. 
"Only then?" 

"Evelyn!" he cried with a great leap of the 
heart, still unbelieving, and drew her to him. 



434 THE WORLD AND THOMAS KELLY 

"Evelyn!" he repeated, gathering her in his 
arms and pressing his lips to the hair above her 
forehead. "Dearest girl! I need you now /" 

She laid her head on his shoulder and he could 
feel the fluttering of her heart against his. 

"Oh, Tom!" she sighed, closing her eyes "I 
think you do !" 



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